TRAINING-Ovary 01 (connecTed pRehabiliAtIoN pelvIc caNcer surGery): multicenter randomized study comparing neoadjuvant chemotherapy for patients managed for ovarian cancer with or without a connected pre-habilitation program

Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2021 Jun;31(6):920-924. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2020-002128. Epub 2020 Dec 1.


Background: Patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy before surgery for advanced ovarian cancer may have impaired functional capacity, nutritional status, and emotional well-being.

Primary objectives: TRAINING-01 aims to determine if a connected pre-habilitation program during neoadjuvant chemotherapy for patients treated for an advanced ovarian cancer will improve physical capacity before major abdomino-pelvic surgery.

Study hypothesis: A pre-habilitation program during neoadjuvant chemotherapy will bring a fitter patient to surgery and will decrease treatment morbidity and improve oncological outcomes.

Trial design: This study is a prospective, multi-center, phase III study. The pre-habilitation program consists of providing multi-dimensional support during neoadjuvant chemotherapy using connected devices. The control group will receive usual care.

Major inclusion/exclusion criteria: Eligible patients will be women with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage III-IV advanced ovarian cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Patients must be able to perform a cardiopulmonary exercise test.

Primary endpoints: The primary endpoint will be the comparison of the variation in maximum oxygen uptake (VO2 max) between baseline and surgery in the pre-habilitation group and control groups.

Sample size: 136 patients (68 per arm) will be recruited to demonstrate a medium standardized effect d=0.5 in the variations of VO2 max between baseline and surgery.

Estimated dates for completing accrual and presenting results: The duration of the study includes 24 months of recruitment and 5 years of follow up. We anticipate reporting primary endpoint results in 2024.

Trial registration: TRAINING-01-IPC 2018-039 (NCT04451369).

Keywords: ovarian cancer.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase III
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy / methods*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Preoperative Exercise / psychology*
  • Prospective Studies

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