Predictors of the 6-min walk test in patients with ovarian cancer

Kizilirmak A. S., KARADİBAK D., Gultekin S. C., Ozsoy I., Yavuzsen H. T., YAVUZŞEN T., ...More

SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER, vol.31, no.4, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00520-023-07706-6
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


PurposeTo identify the predictors of the 6-min walk test (6MWT) and investigate the relationship between 6MWT, performance status, functional mobility, fatigue, quality of life, neuropathy, physical activity level, and peripheral muscle strength in patients with ovarian cancer (OC).MethodsTwenty-four patients diagnosed with stage II-III ovarian cancer were included in the study. Patients were assessed using the following measurement methods: 6MWT for walking capacity, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Scale (ECOG-PS) for performance status, an armband physical activity monitor for physical activity level, Checklist Individual Strength (CIS) for fatigue, Functional Cancer Treatment Evaluation with Quality of Life-Extreme (FACT-O) for quality of life, Functional Evaluation of Cancer Treatment/Gynecological Oncology-Neurotoxicity (FACT/GOG-NTX) for neuropathy, a hand-held dynamometer for peripheral muscle strength, and 30-s chair-stand test for functional mobility.ResultsThe mean 6MWT distance was 578.48 +/- 115.33 meters. 6MWT distance correlated with ECOG-PS score (r = -0.438, p = 0.032), handgrip strength (r = 0.452, p= 0030), METs (r = 0.414, p = 0.044) 30s-CST (r= 0.417, p= 0.043), and neuropathy score (r = 0.417, p = 0.043) significantly. There was no relationship between 6MWT distance and other parameters (p> 0.05). Multiple linear regression analysis demonstrated that performance status was the sole predictor of 6MWT.ConclusionThe walking capacity seems to be associated with performance status, peripheral muscle strength, level of physical activity, functional mobility, and severity of neuropathy in patients with ovarian cancer. Evaluating these may help clinicians to understand factors behind the decreased walking capacity.