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Credit: Dr Stéphanie Peeters, MAASTRO clinic
Barcelona, Spain: A simple test of handgrip strength is a good indicator of short- and long-term survival in patients with early, stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to new findings to be presented at the ESTRO 37 conference tomorrow (Saturday).
In a study of 226 patients who were about to be treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) at the MAASTRO Clinic in Maastricht (The Netherlands), researchers found that weak handgrip strength was an independent indicator of life expectancy providing additional information to the World Health Organisation (WHO) performance status, which is used routinely at present to measure this as well as patients’ general well-being and ability to manage the activities of daily life.
Patients with weak handgrips were 1.5 times more likely to die within five years, compared to those with strong handgrips. Handgrip strength was even able to indicate life expectancy within one year of the measurement being taken.
Dr Stéphanie Peeters, a radiation oncologist at the MAASTRO Clinic, said: “We have found that handgrip strength is an objective, cheap and easy way to measure short- and long-term
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