A study looking at a rehabilitation programme for cancer patients (Wii-Hab)

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This study looked at a computer active video game to help people get back to a normal life after having cancer and cancer treatment.

More about this trial

Cancer and its treatment can cause long term physical, social or emotional difficulties for some people. Many hospitals offer a rehabilitation programme to help people to get back to as normal a life as possible. 
In this study, researchers looked at 2 groups of cancer patients. One group did a rehabilitation programme that included an exercise programme and a computer active video game. The other group had standard care but did not do the rehabilitation programme.
The researchers planned to compare the quality of life, wellbeing and changes in physical fitness of both groups.
The aims of this study were to find out more about:
  • how to organise and manage a rehabilitation programme for cancer patients
  • what future research may be needed in rehabilitation programmes for cancer patients

Summary of results

The research team had hoped to recruit about 60 people to this study. But part way through the trial, the hospital taking part changed the way it worked and began referring people to a specific exercise programme.  So they were only able to recruit 8 people, 4 people in each group.

The research team found that people in both groups had positive changes in body image and quality of life. But they didn’t have enough information to do a detailed analysis. They don’t plan to publish the results of the study.

Where this information comes from
We have based this summary on information from the research team.  As far as we are aware, the information they sent us has not been reviewed independently (peer reviewed Open a glossary item) or published in a medical journal. The figures we quote above were provided by the research team. We have not analysed the data ourselves

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Chief Investigator

Dr Joanne Wallace

Supported by

Aberystwyth University
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer

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