Monitoring Physical Activity in Brain Tumour Patients

Aug 8, 2023, 14:42 PM by Arnaud Legrand
This study examined how physical activity and daily behaviours are affected in brain cancer patients, using a specialised device called an AX3 accelerometer, worn like a wristband.

The findings indicate that the wearable accelerometers were well-received by High Grade Glioma (HGG) patients, offering a practical and non-intrusive way to monitor their physical activity levels over time. This work suggests the potential for more comfortable and convenient health assessments during treatment and recovery.

A significant observation was the reduction in moderate physical activity among patients undergoing radiotherapy. This insight is valuable for healthcare professionals as it could help optimise treatment plans and support patients in maintaining their activity levels, which may positively impact their overall quality of life. Comparing the activity levels of HGG patients to those of healthy individuals revealed differences, particularly on weekdays. The adoption of remote monitoring through wearable devices presents a unique advantage in continuously tracking patients' physical health. This capability offers healthcare professionals a better understanding of the challenges patients face in their daily lives, leading to more informed decisions in designing personalised care plans.

This technological advancement offers hope and reassurance to patients and their families, knowing that healthcare professionals are better equipped to address their unique needs and provide the best possible care throughout their journey.


Triaxial accelerometer-measured physical activity and functional behaviours among people with High Grade Glioma: The BrainWear Study - PLoS One. 2023 May 24;18(5):e0285399.

Seema Dadhania, Lillie Pakzad-Shahabi, Sanjay Mistry, Matt Williams

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