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Translating Cancer Research into Evidence Based Practice: A Research Experience Commentary

Introduction

This paper is intended to share our experience at the Department of Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health Sciences and the department of Oncology and Radiotherapy, School Of Allied Health Sciences at Manipal University in India of how our research published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research has now translated into clinical decision making. In 2011 August, we set out on doing a clinical trial to test the feasibility and effectiveness of exercise based rehabilitation for head and neck cancer patients during chemo-radiotherapy. When we set out to do this trial, there were many challenges ahead of us as this was potentially the first ever Randomized Controlled Trial of an exercise intervention given to head and neck cancer patients on chemo-radiotherapy in India. Prior to the start of this trail, there was a growing body of evidence on the benefits of exercise for cancer populations like breast cancer and prostate cancer. Not many research groups had ventured into giving an exercise intervention to head and neck cancer patients as they have very debilitating symptoms like Oral Mucostis induced severe pain, severe fatigue and lack of nutrition which makes them a population difficult to exercise. Based on our clinical experiences and the past evidence from exercise based trials in breast cancer, we decided to take a step forward to do the first ever Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of exercise based rehabilitation for head and neck cancer patients receiving chemo-radiotherapy.

Stephen R Samuel, Arun G Maiya, Donald J Fernandes. Translating Cancer Research into Evidence Based Practice: A Research Experience. Journal of Preventive and Rehabilitative Medicine, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2016, pp. 89-90. doi: 10.21617/jprm.2016.0101.16

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