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Feasibility of eccentric overloading and neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve muscle strength and muscle mass after treatment for head and neck cancer

Authors: Colin Lavigne, Rosie Twomey, Harold Lau, George Francis, S Nicole Culos-Reed, Guillaume Y Millet.

Published: 24 May 2020 - J Cancer Surviv.


PURPOSE: Treatment of head and neck cancer (HNC) results in severe weight loss, mainly due to the loss of lean body mass. Consequently, decreases in muscular strength and health-related quality of life (HRQL) occur. This study investigated the feasibility of a 12-week novel strength training (NST) and conventional strength training (CST) intervention delivered after HNC treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: Both interventions were found to be feasible for HNC patients after treatment. Strength training significantly improved maximal muscle strength, muscle cross-sectional area, and PROs after HNC treatment. Future research should include fully powered trials and consider the use of eccentric overloading and NMES during HNC treatment.

Keywords: Cancer rehabilitation; Electromyostimulation; Exercise oncology.

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