Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, physical activity and health-related quality of life among colorectal cancer survivors from the PROFILES registry

Floortje Mols*, Antoinetta J. M. Beijers, Gerard Vreugdenhil, Anna Verhulst, Goof Schep, Olga Husson

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To gain insight into the association of physical activity (PA), chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and health-related quality of life among colorectal cancer survivors, up to 11 years after diagnosis. Data of the second data wave of a Dutch prospective population-based survey among colorectal cancer survivors diagnosed between 2000 and 2009 as registered by the Eindhoven Cancer Registry was used. Eighty-three percent (n = 1648) of patients filled out the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the EORTC QLQ-CIPN20 of which 506 patients (31 %) were treated with chemotherapy. Treatment with chemotherapy was associated with a higher percentage of patients reporting CIPN symptoms regardless of PA. Furthermore, not meeting the Dutch PA guideline of 150 min of moderate to vigorous PA a week was associated with more CIPN among patients treated with chemotherapy. Also patients not treated with chemotherapy reported CIPN-like symptoms, especially when not meeting the PA guideline. Statistically significant and clinically relevant worse scores on almost all EORTC QLQ-C30 subscales were reported by those not meeting the PA guideline compared to those who did meet the guideline, regardless of CIPN symptoms. However, these differences were more pronounced in the group with many CIPN symptoms (e.g. upper 30 %). Alertness among health care professionals and patients for the importance of PA is warranted, as meeting the PA guideline was associated with less CIPN-like symptoms and a higher health-related quality of life regardless of treatment with chemotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-522
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship-Research and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Physical activity
  • Health-related quality of life

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