BACKGROUND: Cancer therapies are associated with multiple adverse effects, including (but not limited to) cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), occurring in up to 25% of patients. Physical activity has been shown to help reduce CRF through modulating the immune system, and may synergistically aid in the anti-tumor effects of ICIs. This review describes the nature and scope of evidence for the effects associated with concurrent physical activity while undergoing ICI therapy.
METHOD: Scoping review methodology was utilized to identify studies, extract data, and collate and summarize results.
RESULTS: In literature published from January 2010 through to August 2021, only one human study and three pre-clinical studies met inclusion criteria.
CONCLUSION: Existing evidence supports that physical activity is associated with decreased treatment-related toxicities such as CRF. However, further investigation is warranted. The dearth of clinical studies illustrates the need for more research to address this question, to guide patients and their providers in the application of appropriate physical activity interventions in those patients undergoing ICI.
Shaver, Amy L; Sharma, Swapnil; Nikita, Nikita; Lefler, Daniel S; Basu-Mallick, Atrayee; Johnson, Jennifer M; Butryn, Meghan; and Lu-Yao, Grace, "The Effects of Physical Activity on Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: A Scoping Review." (2021). Department of Medical Oncology Faculty Papers. Paper 166.
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