Eligible patients will be contacted by the research team and informed about the study. Taking part in this study is voluntary. Once the patient decides to participate, the study coordinator will send the Consent Form, the baseline questionnaires, and book the baseline fitness assessment.
Assignment to a group
The patients willing to join the study will be assessed at baseline and randomly assigned to either the control group or exercise training group for 12 weeks.
There is no way to predict which group they will be assigned to. There is an equal chance of being placed in either group.
The reason why patients are assigned to different groups (usual care vs exercise) is to compare how they fare with their bladder cancer treatment. Any difference between groups at the end of the study (good or bad) can be more confidently attributed to the exercise intervention.
After the post-intervention assessments, patients in the usual care will be offered a 4-week supervised exercise program at the Behavioural Medicine Fitness Centre.
The exercise prescription is personalized, defined based on the result of physical assessment, and will address different fitness levels of the participants. The sessions will be held three times per week for about one hour each.