Metabolites Associated With Fatigue and Physical Activity in Childhood Cancer

  • Janice S. Withycombe (Creator)
  • Ronald Eldridge (Creator)
  • Yan Jin (Creator)
  • Haiwai Gu (Arizona State University, Florida International University) (Creator)
  • Sharon M. Castellino (Creator)
  • Dorothy Sears (Creator)
  • Haiwai Gu (Creator)



Introduction: Children and adolescents with cancer report increased fatigue and decreased physical activity, introducing risk factors for chronic disease and suppressed quality of life. Research suggests an inverse relationship between fatigue and physical activity, but the biological explanation is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to 1) explore metabolites associated with fatigue or physical activity and 2) to identify any shared metabolomic elements. Methods: Children, ages 8–17 years, attending a pediatric oncology summer camp provided Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement System® (PROMIS) Pediatric Fatigue assessments, physical activity data (steps/day), and urine samples pre- and post-camp. Differences in PROMIS Pediatric Fatigue scores and average daily steps were calculated using paired t-tests. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was conducted using a targeted metabolomic approach. Results: Thirty-two enrolled children had complete data. Fatigue scores decreased (pre-camp 45.1; post-camp 42.1; p = 0.04) while steps-per-day increased (pre-camp 6699; post-camp 16,021; p < 0.001). Twenty-seven metabolites significantly differentiated (false discovery rate
Date made available2022
PublisherSAGE Journals

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