Improving Outcomes in Cancer Patients With a Nutritional and Physical Conditioning Prehabilitation Program
Improving Outcomes in Patients With Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancers With a Nutritional and Physical Conditioning Prehabilitation Program
Major surgery is a stressful procedure; good recovery after surgery is important to patients and their doctors. Studies done at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) with cancer patients awaiting surgery have shown that exercise combined with simple diet recommendations (which may include a supplement) and relaxation techniques before surgery helped speed up the ability to resume walking after surgery. These results have made the investigators aware that exercise and good nutrition are as important before surgery as they are after surgery; while it is common practice to start strengthening the body after surgery (rehabilitation), there may be some advantage to begin this process before surgery (prehabilitation). The purpose of this study is to see if the following program, either before or after surgery, can help patients recover from liver, pancreas or bile duct surgery: 1. Exercise that may help participants move and breath better, 2. Nutrition advice and a supplement to make participants strong, 3. Relaxation and anti-anxiety tips to help cope with the stress of upcoming surgery The investigators will see if following this program will have an effect on participants' ability to walk before and after surgery.
Change in functional walking capacity as measured by the six-minute walk test (6MWT)
Timed up and go test
Study Arms / Comparison Groups
Description: Exercise, nutrition and relaxation techniques all beginning four weeks prior to surgery date.
* Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by National Clinical Trials Identifier (NCT ID) in Medline.
February 22, 2017
June 30, 2022
Primary Completion Date
December 31, 2021
Inclusion criteria: - A diagnosis or suspicion of either hepatobiliary or pancreatic cancer (primary or metastatic) - Must be scheduled for surgical resection between 4-6 weeks of recruitment Exclusion criteria: - Persons with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) health status class 4-5 - Comorbid medical, physical and mental conditions (eg: dementia, disabling orthopedic and neuromuscular disease, psychosis) - Cardiac abnormalities - Severe end-organ disease such as cardiac failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary failure and hepatic failure (alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase >50% over the normal range) - Sepsis - Morbid obesity (BMI >40) - Anemia (hematocrit <30 %) - Other conditions interfering with the ability to perform exercise at home or to complete the testing procedures - Poor English or French comprehension
18 Years - 95 Years
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Antonio Vigano, MD, MSc, 514-934-1934, [email protected]
McGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Franco Carli
Antonio Vigano, MD, MSc, Principal Investigator, McGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre