Prevention of Chemotherapy-Related Polyneuropathy via Sensorimotor Exercise Training – Study

Principal investigators::
PD Dr. Joachim Wiskemann

Co-Principal investigators::
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schneeweis, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Goldschmidt, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wick, Prof. Dr. Michael Thomas, Prof. Dr. Dirk Jäger, Prof. Dr. Karen Steindorf


Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neurotoxicity (CIPN) as a side effect of chemotherapy negatively affects patients’ quality of life and may lead to treatment disturbances. CIPN is frequently recorded in patients treated with alkylating platinum-based drugs, antitubulins including the taxanes and vinca alkaloids, and other drugs including suramin, thalidomide, lenalidomide and the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib, representing one of the most severe and potentially dose-limiting non-hematological toxic effects. Sufficient treatment options or preventive measures are lacking.

Patientin trainiert mit Sporttherapeut

There is evidence that physical activity strategies are able to address existing CIPN symptoms and potentially increase quality of life in affected patients. CIPN symptoms involves restrictions of sensory and sometimes motor modalities, for example, deficits in plantar perception and dysfunction of postural control and one study in type II diabetes patients also suggested that structured exercise might have a preventive potential with regard to peripheral neuropathy incidence.

Based on these findings, we aim to investigate the preventive potential of a sensorimotor intervention, based on the Marburger Haltungsschule (MHS) concept vs. machine-based resistance training vs. usual care (wait-list control group) in a randomized controlled three-arm intervention trial among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with high risk for CIPN. On the basis of power calculations, the goal is to include 82 patients per intervention arm resulting in a total patients number to be enrolled of n=246. CIPN symptoms will be assessed objectively via comprehensive clinical and electrodiagnostic examinations (Total Neuropathy Scale; TNS-reduced) and subjectively via questionnaires (EORTC QLQ-CIPN20, EORTC QLQ-C30). Additionally CIPN and the effectiveness of the selected interventions will be objectively evaluated by spectral analysis of Centre of Pressure (COP) variations. Further key secondary endpoints are: physical performance, sleep quality and chemotherapy compliance.

The “Prevention of Chemotherapy-Related Polyneuropathy via Sensorimotor Exercise Training – Study” (PIC – Study) has started in April 2016 and is funded by the NCT Proof of Concept Trial Program.


Jana Müller

Jana Müller
Phone: +49 6221 56-35149
E-mail: jana.mueller@nct-heidelberg.de

Christine Boos

Christine Boos
Phone: +49 6221 56-35994
E-mail: christine.boos@nct-heidelberg.de