Physical Activity in Childhood Cancer Survivors (PACCS)

Today, children who are diagnosed with cancer have good prognosis of survival, but the risk of developing so-called side effects from cancer treatment is however great. Physical activity might potentially reduce or delay multiple common late effects in this population. Levels of physical activity and physical fitness is not well investigated among childhood cancer survivors, and that is our aim in the PACCS project.

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Formal title

Physical Activity in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Formal

The aims of my PhD project are:

  1. To examine the association between objectively measured physical activity intensities and cardio-metabolic risk in young childhood cancer survivors.
  2. To examine whether there are differences between childhood cancer survivors and healthy controls with respect to associations between physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and metabolic risk.<
  3. To examine whether physical activity is associated with metabolic risk independently of cardiorespiratory in childhood cancer survivors

Description

The PACCS project consist of four workpackages, where the aims are as follows:

  1. Assess levels of physical activity
  2. Assess levels of physical fitness
  3. Identify barriers and facilitators of physical activity
  4. Feasibility-test a physical activity intervention

My PhD project is a sub-project of work package 2, and the background for my project is that metabolic disorders are highlighted as important late effects giving the childhood cancer survivors increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in adulthood.
Thus, in my PhD project I will explore physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in relation to metabolic risk in a sample of young childhood cancer survivors (aged 9-18 years) and compare the results to a control sample matched by age and sex.