Physical activity of pediatric patients with acute leukemia undergoing induction or consolidation chemotherapy

Sue Yee Tan, Bee Koon Poh, Hui Xian Chong, Mohd Noor Ismail, A. Rahman A. Jamal, Zarina Abdul Latiff, Abd Rahman Eni Juraida, Aris Tahir, Ruzita Abd. Talib, Roslee Rajikan, Nik Shanita Safii, Hamidah Alias, Mohd Ibrahim Hisham Shah, Norimah A. Karim

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess the physical activity levels of pediatric patients with acute leukemia undergoing chemotherapy. Thirty-eight pediatric patients and matched controls, aged 3-12 years old, were measured for weight, height, and other anthropometric parameters. Physical activity was assessed using actical accelerometer and activity log book. Patients recorded significantly lower mean total activity counts (26.2 ± 30.2. cpm vs. 192.2 ± 68.8. cpm; p<0.01) and spent more time in sedentary activities (1301 ± 121. min vs. 1020 ± 101. min; p<0.001) compared to controls. They also achieved fewer 1-5-min bouts of moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) compared to controls (1.50 ± 5.95 vs. 37.38 ± 40.36; p<0.001). In conclusion, patients had lower physical activity level and intensity; and simple exercise intervention programs may be needed to minimize the detrimental effects of prolonged sedentary behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalLeukemia Research
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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Induction Chemotherapy
Leukemia
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Pediatrics
Weights and Measures
Drug Therapy

Keywords

  • Accelerometry
  • Anthropometry
  • Chemotherapy
  • Children
  • Leukemia
  • Pediatric
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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Physical activity of pediatric patients with acute leukemia undergoing induction or consolidation chemotherapy. / Tan, Sue Yee; Poh, Bee Koon; Chong, Hui Xian; Ismail, Mohd Noor; A. Jamal, A. Rahman; Abdul Latiff, Zarina; Eni Juraida, Abd Rahman; Tahir, Aris; Abd. Talib, Ruzita; Rajikan, Roslee; Safii, Nik Shanita; Alias, Hamidah; Hisham Shah, Mohd Ibrahim; A. Karim, Norimah.

In: Leukemia Research, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 14-20.

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