Heidi D. Klepin, M.D., M.S.

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Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Minimizing physical function decline in older adults receiving chemotherapy

Older adults often develop chemotherapy-associated disability during treatment for acute leukemia which contributes to poor outcomes for these patients. We propose addressing this understudied issue by testing an adaptable exercise program during chemotherapy treatment to improve physical function and quality of life. We anticipate that patients will be able to better tolerate intensive medical therapies if their physical function and quality of life are optimized through exercise.