The Effect of Physical Activity on Brain Cancer Outcomes

Type of project: Translational, Mind and Body and Personalized Medicine

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed

Institutions Affiliated: University of Calgary

Student: Jasmine Maser (UGRAD)

Awards funded to project: 1

Background: Neurocancer is one of the most debilitating diseases with the lowest recover rates. Physical activity has a number of neurological and psychological benefits and this project is an exploratory study on whether these benefits would increase the quality of life in neurocancer patients.

Findings: The patients that completed the study reported increases in cognitive and physical capabilities as well increased well-being.

Implications: While limited in scope, this study supports further exploration of physical activity training programs as an intervention for not only neurocancer patients, but other terminally ill populations as well.