Basis of Inquiry: Childhood cancer patients and survivors are less physically active and report increased fatigue. Improved physical activity may reduce fatigue. Over 130 summer camps serve pediatric oncology patients and survivors. Camps promote physical activity and offer a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between physical activity and fatigue.
Purpose: This study was conducted to determine if summer camp attendance increased physical activity in childhood cancer patients and survivors and how physical activity interacts with fatigue. An exploratory aim was to examine changes in oxidative stress which is hypothesized to impact fatigue.
Methods: A repeated measures study design was utilized. Accrual of 60 children over 2 years planned (data collection ends June 2018).
Eligibility: (a) 8–17 years; (b) English speaking; (c) current diagnosis or history of cancer; (d) willingly wear physical activity monitor daily x 2 weeks (beginning 7 days before camp); (e) complete surveys and provide urine samples x 2; (f) attend a 6 day Oncology Summer Camp (g) no neurological disorders/syndromes; (h) without physical limitations. Physical activity was reported as steps/day and intensity level as minutes/day. Oxidative stress measured as urine isoprostane. Paired t-test were conducted to examine change in scores for the Pediatric PROMIS measures, steps/day and isoprostane levels. Pearson’s r was used to calculate correlation coefficients.
Findings/Outcomes: Thirty children enrolled in year 1.
Demographics: 57% male; 70% Caucasian, 20% Asian, 7% African American; 77% off therapy; 40% Leukemia/Lymphoma, 20% Solid tumors, 20% CNS tumors, 20% Unknown. Mean steps/day increased during camp by 7709 (p < .001; 95% CI; 6209 to 9210). Fatigue (p=0.47), anxiety (p=.021) and depression (p=.005) all decreased during camp. Weak non–significant negative correlation, in first 24 samples, between change in oxidative stress and physical activity (r = –.144; p=.50).
Disclaimer: [1 CH] will be awarded for attending all three paper presentations presented during this timeslot. Partial credit is not available.