The proportions of fat mass (FM) and muscle mass (MM) in the body may have important implications for
calibration of chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer (CC). Chemotherapy dosing is currently based on
body surface area (BSA), which is derived from information on height and weight. Body weight or Body Mass
Index (BMI), especially among cancer patients, is not an accurate measure of FM or MM. Given this inability to
predict FM or MM, dosing by BSA may lead to underdosing (which may impact cancer-specific and overall
survival) or overdosing (leading to dose-limiting toxicity [DLT] defined as toxicity from chemotherapy that
requires subsequent reductions in or discontinuation of life-saving treatment). Results have shown that those
with low MM, or sarcopenia, have a higher risk of DLT than those with normal MM. DLT impacts dose intensity
and may compromise efficacy of chemotherapy. We propose to examine the effects of a randomized clinical
trial conducted during chemotherapy of home based resistance training (RT) versus a waitlist control on DLT.
Participants will be 180 newly diagnosed Stage II and III CC patients from Kaiser Permanente of Northern
California (KPNC), the Penn State Cancer Institute (PSCI), and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). The
intervention will begin during the first 6 weeks of chemotherapy and continue through the completion of
treatment. Specifically, we will examine between group differences for resistance training versus weight list
control for dose intensity and grade 3 and 4 toxicities as well as changes in MM and changes in inflammatory
markers. Since approximately 40-45% of newly diagnosed CC patients have sarcopenia at diagnosis, we will
examine if the benefits of exercise are greater for those who have low MM compared to normal MM. We will
also examine specific inflammatory markers (e.g. CRP, IL-6 and TNF-RII) as potential biomarkers of baseline
MM, and determine how they change in response to RT. To determine effects of change of MM on
chemotherapy-specific drug clearance, we will examine the impact of RT induced body composition changes
on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of 5-FU and oxaliplatin. If RT helps to reduce DLT and MM and inflammatory
markers can identify those patients most-likely to benefit from tailored exercise guidelines, then assessment of
these parameters can be used to help target high risk patients. Given that DLT is a common problem and there
are large numbers of newly diagnosed CC patients with undetected sarcopenia, many of whom may require
dose reductions due to low MM, this study has the potential to have a large impact on clinical care and improve
prognosis of colon cancer.
If you are accessing this page during weekend or evening hours, the database may currently be offline for maintenance and should operational within a few hours. Otherwise, we have been notified of this error and will be addressing it immediately.
Please contact us
if this error persists.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
- The DCCPS Team.