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Department of Physical Therapy seeks participants for research study on exercise following cancer treatment

Potential participants are invited to be in a UND Department of Physical Therapy research study focused on determining the effect of physical therapy on fatigue, balance, depression, and overall quality of life for individuals with a history of cancer.

The purpose of this research study is to examine how chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment affects the body systems, specifically balance, fatigue, depression, and quality of life, and how physical therapy intervention may influence these factors. Researchers anticipate those who underwent chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment will have a decrease in balance and quality of life and an increase in fatigue and depression. It is anticipated that by participating in exercise, balance and quality of life will improve and fatigue and depression will decrease. Information gained from this study may be beneficial for healthcare providers to educate and allow patients the opportunity to minimize the negative effects of cancer treatment.

The study will last seven (7) weeks. Each participant will be asked to come to UND to meet with PT faculty and student researchers four times during this seven-week period. Researchers will reach out to each participant each week (via email or phone) to monitor progress and answer any questions.

To sign-up and/or ask questions, please reach out to the Department of Physical Therapy at 701.777.2831.