Exercise in lung Cancer, the healthcare providers opinion (E.C.H.O.): Results of the EORTC lung cancer Group (LCG) survey

Sara Pilotto, Alice Avancini, Jessica Menis, Isabella Sperduti, Matteo Giaj Levra, Thierry Berghmans, Paolo Bironzo, Mariana Brandão, Dirk De Ruysscher, John Edwards, Corinne Faivre-Finn, Nicolas Girard, Laurent Greillier, Lizza Hendriks, Sylvie Lantuejoul, Murielle Mauer, Silvia Novello, Mary O'Brien, Martin Reck, Noemi ReguartJordi Remon, Jan von der Thüsen, Anne-Marie C Dingemans, Benjamin Besse, Michele Milella

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Objectives: Exercise has been reported to alleviate disease as well as treatment impact in patients with lung cancer. Nevertheless, there is limited information available regarding the perception of lung cancer dedicated healthcare professionals' and their advice on exercise.

Materials and Methods: An online survey exploring healthcare professionals' practice patterns, perceptions, barriers, and facilitators of exercise in patients with lung cancer was conducted within members of the EORTC Lung Cancer Group (LCG).

Results: One hundred forty-one healthcare providers completed the survey, mainly medical and radiation oncologists. Overall, 63% of the study participants declared that they frequently assessed exercise level in their patients, and 43% of them reinforced the importance of exercise. However, only 10% referred patients to an exercise program or specialist. Although the majority of the respondents had a positive perception regarding the benefits and safety of exercise (even in patients with advanced disease and/or bone metastasis), two-thirds of clinicians reported not having adequate training about exercise counselling. Moreover, 53% reported to lack of knowledge of guidelines referring to exercise in patients with cancer. Several obstacles and facilitators to improve exercise promotion in lung cancer care were identified.

Conclusion: Healthcare providers recognize the relevance and feasibility of exercise as part of cancer treatment intervention, but specific pathways to do the referral are frequently missing. Future structured and well-designed strategies and initiatives are needed to support an effective referral in order to implement exercise interventions routinely in clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalLung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Early online date18 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022


  • exercise
  • health personnel
  • humans
  • lung neoplasms/therapy
  • referral and consultation
  • surveys and questionnaires

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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