Should resistance training be targeted to a specific subgroup of patients with non-small cell lung cancer?
Letter to the Editor
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Place of Publication
Exercise Medicine Research Institute
We have read with great interest the paper by Burtin et al.on quadriceps muscle function in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The study demonstrated that quadriceps force and diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide were predictors of peak oxygen consumption (VO 2peak )(R 2 = 0.67) measured during a maximal exercise test. These findings suggest that peripheral muscle function contributes to exercise capacity in patients following surgery for NSCLC. The authors state in the conclusion that assessment of quadriceps function allows the identification of patients who would benefit from targeted resistance training interventions. This statement suggests that resistance training should be 'targeted' to a specific subgroup rather than provided to all patients with NSCLC.