The Cancer Foundation For Life® Investigation in the Role of a Community-based Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors: A Feasibility Study
About the SF-8 Quality of Life Survey
The Cancer Foundation For Life® (CFFL) pioneered a longitudinal intervention study to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a community-based program of exercise for cancer patients at multiple sites through collaboration of existing health care resources that is cost-free to participants. A secondary purpose was to determine the effectiveness of a long-term, community-based program of exercise on quality of life (QOL) in persons with cancer.
The study was carried out at 14 sites in the United States and began recruitment in April 2009 and completed in 2011. SF-8 collected data that measured eight domains, including physical functioning, social function, pain, emotional state, general health, energy, mental health and ability to maintain their various roles in a population of 1,076 cancer survivors with various stages of the disease.
Results from the SF-8 study concluded that structured long-term exercise with moderate intensity can make remarkable improvements in cancer survivors’ QOL within the first month. Improvements appear to be sustainable for extended time.
Only collaborative efforts with The University of Texas at Tyler and Dr. Barbara Haas could we efficiently study the effects of exercise as a component of cancer treatment and the improved quality of life for survivors.
The study was sponsored by Cancer Foundation For Life® and partially funded by a faculty research grant from the The University of Texas at Tyler.