Recent Publications & Abstracts
- Shackelford, D.Y.K., Brown, J.M., Peterson, B.M., Schaffer, J., & Hayward, R. (in preparation). (2015). Validation of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute multistage treadmill protocol for cancer survivors.
- Schneider, C. M., Repka, C. P., Brown, J. M., Lalonde, T. L., Dallow, K. T., Barlow, C. E., & Hayward, R. (2014). Demonstration of the need for cardiovascular and pulmonary normative data for cancer survivors. International journal of sports medicine, 35(13), 1134-1137.
- Repka, C. P., Peterson, B. M., Brown, J. M., Lalonde, T. L., Schneider, C. M., & Hayward, R. (2014). Cancer Type Does Not Affect Exercise-Mediated Improvements in Cardiorespiratory Function and Fatigue. Integrative cancer therapies, 13(6), 473-481.
- Medrano, J., Peterson, B.M., Brown, J.M., Shackelford, D.Y.K., Beebe, C.N., Brennecke, A.P., & Hayward, R. (2014). The effects of a twelve-week aerobic and cognitive training intervention on cognitive function in cancer survivors. UNC Undergraduate Research Journal, 4(2), 1 - 14.
- Schneider CM. Management of Cancer Rehabilitation Programs. ACSM Resource Manual for Cancer Rehabilitation Certification, Chapter 10, 2012.
- Hayward R, Lien C-Y, Jensen BT, Hydock DS, Schneider CM. Exercise Training Mitigates Anthracycline-Induced Chronic Cardiotoxicity in a Juvenile Rat Model. Pediatric Blood & Cancer 59: 149-154, 2012.
- Hayward R, Hydock DS, Gibson N, Greufe S, Bradel E, Parry TL. Tissue Retention of Doxorubicin and its Effects on Cardiac, Smooth, and Skeletal Muscle Function. Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry 69:2 177-187, 2013.
- Hayward R, Iwaniec U, Turner RT, Lien C-Y, Jensen BT, Hydock DS, Schneider CM. Voluntary Wheel Running in Growing Rats Does Not Protect Against Doxorubicin-Induced Osteopenia. Journal of Pediatric Oncology & Hematology 35:4 144-148, 2013.
- Hayward R, Lien C-Y. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Cardiac Structure and Function During Exercise Training in the Developing Sprague-Dawley Rat. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 50:454-461, 2011.
- Hydock DS, Parry T, Jensen B, Lien C-Y, Schneider CM, Hayward R. Effects of Endurance Training on Combined Goserelin Acetate and Doxorubicin Treatment-Induced Cardiac Dysfunction. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 68: 685-692, 2011
- Hydock DS, Lien C-Y, Jensen BT, Schneider CM, Hayward R. Characterization of the Effect of In Vivo Doxorubicin Treatment on Skeletal Muscle Function in the Rat. Anticancer Research 31: 2023-2028, 2011.
- Hydock DS, Lien CY, Jensen BT, Schneider CM, Hayward R. Exercise Preconditioning Provides Long-Term Protection Against Early Chronic Doxorubicin Cardiotoxicity. Integrative Cancer Therapies 10:47-57, 2011.
- Schmitz, KH, Courneya, KS, Matthews, C, Demark-Wahnefried, W., Galvao, DA., Pinto, BM, Irwin, ML, Wolin, KY, Segal, RJ, Lucia, A, Schneider, CM, Von Gruenigen VE, Schwartz, AL. American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 42(7):1409-1426, 2010.
- Sprod LK, Hsieh CC, Hayward R, Schneider CM. Three vs. Six Months of Exercise Training in Cancer Survivors. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 121:412-419, 2010.
- Schneider CM, Hayward R. Cancer. In Exercise Physiology: From a Cellular to an Integrative Approach. Eds. Philippe Connes, Olivier Hue, Stéphane Perrey. IOC Press, 2010.
The Effects of Aerobic Training on Cognitive Function in a Brain Cancer Survivor: A Case Study
Brennecke, AP, BM Peterson, CN Beebe, J Medrano, R McPhee, JM Brown, DYK Shackelford, and R Hayward. Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
INTRODUCTION: As many as 75% of cancer survivors have reported experiencing chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) which may negatively affect multiple aspects of cognitive function. Some side effects of CRCI may include: cognitive inability, linguistic difficulty, decreased reaction times, impaired memory and concentration, and decreased ability to maintain activities of daily living. Most unsettling is that CRCI has been reported to persist long after completion of treatment and may affect patients with brain cancer more severely. Independently, interventions of cognitive and exercise training have resulted in increases in functional capacity and improvements in various measures of cognitive function. However, to our knowledge there are no studies being conducted that have examined the effects of an aerobic training intervention on cognitive function in brain cancer survivors. PURPOSE: To examine the effects of a 12-week aerobic intervention on cognitive function in a brain cancer survivor. METHODS: A 44 year old female diagnosed with anaplastic oligodendroglioma presenting with a left-frontal craniotomy, chemotherapy, and radiation was included in this case study. A comprehensive physical assessment and cognitive assessment were completed pre and post 12-week intervention. RESULTS: Pre to post improvements were observed in 11 of the 15 (73%) cognitive assessment variables. CONCLUSION: Cancer treatment-related side effects can lead to decreases in cognitive function for survivors having undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for brain cancer. The results of this case study demonstrate the importance of aerobic exercise in attenuating decrements in cognitive function in cancer survivors following adjuvant treatment.
Physiological and Psychological Responses to a Longitudinal Rehabilitation Program
Jessica M. Brown1, Trent L. Lalonde1, Kurt Dallow 1,2 FACSM, Reid Hayward1, Carole M. Schneider1 FACSM. 1Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 2 North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO.
Physiological and psychological improvements have been well noted in cancer survivors after an exercise intervention. To date, little research has been done on the effects of a long-term exercise training program. PURPOSE: To assess the physiological and psychological responses to exercise training in cancer survivors over a 21 month exercise intervention. METHODS: Thirty-four cancer survivors, including 9 males and 24 females, participated in a cancer rehabilitation program consisting of 60 minute exercise training sessions, three days per week for 21 months. Each session included cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and balance training. Physiological and psychological assessments which examined cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, depression, fatigue, and quality of life were conducted at the onset of the program (INTL), at three months (1ST), and every six months until four reassessments were completed (2ND, 3RD, and 4TH, respectively.) RESULTS: Significant improvements were observed in all measures (p<0.05), except muscular endurance. Cardiovascular endurance improved 12.1% (p=.002) at onset (INTL to 1ST) and although additional improvement occurred, it was not significant. Likewise, total fatigue decreased -33.9% (p<.0001) from INTL to 1ST while subsequent improvements were not significant. Depression was shown to decrease -17.9% (p=.043) and -17.6% (p=.025) from INTL to 1ST and 3RD to 4TH, respectively. Although the main effects for muscular endurance yielded no significance, pairwise comparisons revealed a 32.9% improvement from INT to 1ST (p=0.011). Total quality of life did not improve at onset, but a significant 10.1% increase (p=.006) occurred from 2ND to 3RD reassessments. CONCLUSION: A 21 month full-body exercise program has been shown to elicit improvements in physiological and psychological measures in cancer survivors. The greatest improvements occur during the first three months of training then plateau. This suggests that a 3-month exercise intervention is sufficient to return cancer survivors to normal functional capacity.
The Effect of Preconditioning on Initial Physiological and Psychological Assessments following Treatment
Brent M. Peterson1, Trent L. Lalonde1, Kurt Dallow1,2 FACSM, Reid Hayward1 and Carole M. Schneider1 FACSM. 1Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 2 North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO.
Exercise has been associated with the improvement of various physiological and psychological variables in cancer survivors post cancer treatment. However, little information exists on the role prior physical activity may have on functional capacity. PURPOSE: To assess the differences between prior physical activity and the initial physiological and psychological assessments in cancer survivors following treatment. METHODS: A total of 412 cancer survivors that had undergone radiation and/or chemotherapy were eligible for this study. Participants completed comprehensive physical assessments and Piper fatigue and Beck depression inventories. Functional capacity was determined during an initial assessment including VO2peak (multistage treadmill protocol). Prior physical activity (PA) was defined as being none (1), low (2), and moderate (3) based on frequency, intensity, and duration according to the ACSM guidelines. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) determined the group variance differences. RESULTS: There was a significant (p<.05) main effect for prior PA. Post hoc pairwise comparisons determined that there were significant (p<.05) differences between groups 1 and 3 for VO2peak (21.23 ± 6.70 vs. 23.46 ± 7.02 mL·kg·-1·min-1, respectively), groups 1 and 3, and groups 2 and 3 for fatigue (5.09 ± 2.23 vs. 4.28 ± 2.19 and 5.07 ± 2.03 vs. 4.28 ± 2.19, respectively) and groups 1 and 3 for depression (12.03 ± 7.74 vs. 9.90 ± 6.19, respectively). Moderately active individuals showed greater initial assessment values for functional capacity (VO2peak). Additionally, greater decreases were observed in fatigue and depression in the moderate activity group. CONCLUSION: Cancer treatment-related side-effects lengthen the recovery process post treatment for cancer survivors. The results of this study demonstrate the importance of moderate prior physical activity for the attenuation of treatment-related reductions in functional capacity, fatigue and depression.
Strength and Cardiovascular Training on Cancer Related Fatigue
Trista L. Manikowske1, Brent M. Peterson1, Andrew R. Smith1, Jessica M. Brown1, Daniel Y. K. Shackelford1, Trent L. Lalonde1, Kurt Dallow1,2, Reid Hayward1, and Carole M. Schneider1 FACSM. 1Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 2 North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO.
Cancer survivors are negatively affected by fatigue both during and following treatment. Interventions consisting of cardiovascular and strength training both independently and in combination have been shown to attenuate the deleterious effects of cancer-related fatigue (CRF). PURPOSE: To examine whether strength or cardiovascular training has a greater effect on CRF in cancer survivors following an individualized 3-month training intervention. METHODS: Nineteen cancer survivors (ages 58 ± 13 years) completed initial assessments of cardiovascular (VO2peak), strength (chest and leg press), and CRF (Piper Fatigue Scale). Participants then completed 3-months of supervised exercise training at 60 minutes a day; 3 days per week. The intervention consisted of progressive cardiovascular and whole-body strength training. Participants were then reassessed following the intervention. RESULTS: There were significant increases in pre to post VO2peak (19.1 to 23.4 mL·kg-1·min-1; p=.006), chest press (50.3 to 62.0 lbs.; p=.016), and leg press (143.2 to 190.8 lbs.; p=.001). CRF significantly decreased (4.37 to 2.97; p=.006) from pre to post exercise. A negative correlation was observed between CRF and leg press (p= .07, r= -.430) and VO2peak (p = .36, r= -.23), however, a positive correlation was seen with chest press (p=.55, r= .15). This suggests that lower body exercises may have a greater effect on the reduction of CRF than cardiovascular fitness. CONCLUSION: Cancer treatment-related side-effects lengthen the recovery process post treatment for cancer survivors. The results of this study demonstrate that exercise interventions increase strength and cardiovascular fitness while decreasing CRF. Cardiovascular fitness and lower body strength correlate with a reduction in CRF. Lower body strength was shown to have a higher correlation with decreased CRF than upper body strength or cardiovascular fitness. Therefore, physical activity programs for cancer survivors with a goal of reducing CRF should incorporate lower body strength training.
Validation of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute Multistage Treadmill Protocol for Cancer Survivors
Daniel Y.K. Shackelford1, Jessica M. Brown1, Trent Lalonde1, David S. Hydock1, Carole M. Schneider1 FACSM. 1Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 2North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO.
Currently there is not a multistage treadmill protocol for cancer survivors. Most protocols have stages that are either too high in intensity or too long in duration and are highly stressful for cancer survivors. The Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI) developed a treadmill protocol designed specifically for cancer survivors to address this issue. PURPOSE: To validate the RMCRI multistage treadmill protocol for cancer survivors. METHODS: Fifteen cancer survivors completed a randomized double validation study to compare oxygen consumption (VO2peak) between two protocols. The RMCRI treadmill protocol, using gas analysis to determine VO2peak, was validated against the Bruce protocol. Participants completed the randomized trials one week apart in random order. The Bruce protocol VO2peak was then compared with the VO2peak recorded from the gas analysis for the RMCRI treadmill protocol. Additionally, ACSM’s predicted VO2peak equations were validated against the RMCRI protocol using gas analysis. RESULTS: No significant differences (p=.98) in VO2peak were found between the RMCRI protocol and the Bruce protocol and these values were significantly correlated with the RMCRI gas analysis test (R2=.712, p=.003). The VO2peak achieved using RMCRI gas analysis compared to ACSM’s predicted VO2peak equations showed no significant difference (p=.72). The VO2peak values obtained with ACSM’s predicted VO2peak equations were significantly correlated with the VO2peak values from the RMCRI protocol gas analysis (R2=.830, p<.001). This suggests ACSM’s predicted equations may be used in place of gas analysis for the RMCRI protocol. CONCLUSION: The RMCRI multistage treadmill protocol which has shorter stages and lower intensities was better tolerated and less stressful for cancer survivors. Given the validity and strong correlations to other treadmill protocols, the RMCRI cancer specific protocol should be the standard for the determination of functional capacity (VO2peak) in cancer survivors.
The Effect Prior Physical Activity has on Physiological and Psychological Outcomes in Cancer Survivors
Andrew R. Smith1, Trent L. Lalonde1, Brent M. Peterson1, Jessica M. Brown1, Reid Hayward1 FACSM, Kurt Dallow1,2 FACSM, Carole M. Schneider1 FACSM. 1Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 2North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO.
Cancer survivors are impacted by physical and emotional responses associated with diagnosis and treatment. Current research shows that exercise provides a positive effect in cancer survivors at various stages in their recovery. PURPOSE: To investigate the effect physical activity level prior to beginning a cancer rehabilitation program has on physiological and psychological outcomes in cancer survivors following a supervised 3-month exercise intervention. METHODS: Two hundred forty-seven cancer survivors participated in initial fitness assessments examining heart rate (HR), systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2peak), and abdominal strength (crunches). In addition, subjects completed inventories assessing fatigue and depression. Subjects were divided into three groups based on self-reported physical activity prior to the initial assessment; none (no prior physical activity), low (< 150 minutes of prior physical activity per week), and moderate (≥ 150 minutes of prior physical activity per week) according to ACSM guidelines. Subjects were given an individualized exercise prescription and participated in 3 months of supervised exercise. Subjects were reassessed following the 3-month intervention. RESULTS: No significant differences (p>.05) were found between prior physical activity and any of the physiological or psychological variables assessed following the 3-month intervention. However, significant improvements (p<.01) were found when comparing percent change pre to post 3-month exercise in all physiological and psychological variables [HR (-2.56%), SBP (-1.45%), DBP (-1.20%), VO2peak (+17.51%), crunches (+60.53%), fatigue (-2.13%), and depression (-2.24%)]. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that cancer survivors demonstrate improved physiological and psychological outcomes following a supervised three-month exercise intervention regardless of their physical activity level prior to entering a cancer rehabilitation program.
Initial Physiological and Psychological Measures in Cancer Survivors During Treatment Versus Following Treatment
Colin J. Quinn1, Jessica M. Brown1, Trent L. Lalonde1, Kurt Dallow1,2, FACSM, Reid Hayward1, Carole M. Schneider1, FACSM. 1Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 2North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO.
There have been suggestions that once cancer survivors complete treatment that exercise interventions can be similar to the apparently healthy population. This implies that the negative effects of cancer treatments occur during treatment with no lingering side-effects once treatment is completed. PURPOSE: To compare cancer survivors’ initial physiological and psychological assessment values during treatment to the initial values of cancer survivors’ following treatment. METHODS: Five hundred eighty-one cancer survivors participated in initial fitness assessments examining pulmonary function, cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2peak), muscular strength, resting heart rate and blood pressure. Additionally, participants completed inventories of depression, fatigue, and quality of life. Participants were separated into two groups, those who were in treatment (n=99) and those who had completed treatment (n=482). RESULTS: Significant differences were found on the initial assessment values between groups for VO2peak (p<.05). Cancer survivors in treatment exhibited higher VO2peak scores (24.06±.76 ml/kg/min) on the initial assessment compared to cancer survivors who had completed treatment (21.97±.33 ml/kg/min). No significant differences were found in measures of pulmonary function, muscular strength, resting heart rate and blood pressure. Initial psychological parameters (depression, fatigue, quality of life) were not significantly different between groups. CONCLUSION: The higher initial VO2peak values for cancer survivors during treatment suggest that the cumulative negative effects of cancer treatments occur throughout the treatment regimen. Cancer survivors following treatment have cumulative negative side-effects and therefore need to participate in an exercise intervention designed specifically for cancer survivors.
Effects of Reduced Dietary Fat Intake on Doxorubicin Cardiotoxicity in Previously High Fat Fed Rats
David S. Hydock1, Chia-Ying Lien2, Brock T. Jensen3, Carole M. Schneider1, FACSM, Reid Hayward1. 1University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO; 2National University of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, 3Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.
It has been reported that the cardiotoxicity associated with the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) is exacerbated with high dietary fat intake. Very little work has been done examining protective approaches against DOX cardiotoxicity with high-fat feeding, but it was hypothesized that reducing dietary fat intake in previously high-fat fed rats would minimize this exacerbated DOX cardiotoxicity. PURPOSE: To examine the effects of a low-fat diet on DOX-induced cardiotoxicity in previously high-fat fed rats. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to consume a high-fat diet (HF, 42% kcal from fat, n=23) or a low-fat diet (LF, 11% kcal from fat, n=20) ad libitum for 6 weeks. HF animals were then further randomized to switch to the low-fat diet (HF-LF, n=11) or continue with high-fat feeding (HF-HF, n=12). One week later, HF-HF and HF-LF received 1 mg/kg DOX (i.p.) per day for 10 consecutive days and were allowed to continue with either high-fat (HF-HF+DOX) or low fat (HF-LF+DOX) feeding, respectively. LF was further randomized to receive 1 mg/kg DOX (i.p.) per day for 10 consecutive days (LF+DOX, n=10) or saline injections as a control (LF+SAL, n=10). Four weeks following the first injection, cardiac function was analyzed in vivo using echocardiography or ex vivo using an isolated working heart model. RESULTS: When compared to LF+SAL, there was a significant decrease in fractional shortening (-18%, p<0.05), relative wall thickness (-35%, p<0.01), and mean aortic blood flow velocity (-16%, p<0.05) in HF-HF+DOX. When compared to LF+SAL, these significant reductions in fractional shortening, relative wall thickness, and mean aortic blood flow velocity were not observed in HF-LF+DOX (-7%, -18%, and -8%, respectively, p>0.05). Left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP) and +dPdt in LF+SAL were 104±3 mmHg and 3510±161 mmHg/s, respectively, and significantly lower LVDP and +dPdt were observed in HF+DOX (70±5 mmHg and 2601±142 mmHg/s, respectively, p<0.001). These reductions were attenuated in HF-LF+DOX (81±3 mmHg and 2793±95 mmHg, respectively) when compared to LF+SAL (p<0.01). CONCLUSION: Switching to a low-fat diet one week prior to, during, and following DOX treatment attenuated the cardiotoxicity observed in previously high-fat fed rats.
Voluntary Wheel Running Does Not Protect Against Doxorubicin-Induced Osteopenia in the Growing Rat
Traci L. Parry,1 Urszula T. Iwaniec,2 Russell T. Turner, 2 Chia-Ying Lien,3 Brock T. Jensen,4 David S. Hydock,1 Carole M. Schneider FACSM,1 Reid Hayward1: 1University of Northern Colorado, School of Sport and Exercise Science and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, Greeley, Colorado; 2Skeletal Biology Laboratory, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; 3National Taiwan University, Athletic Department, Taipei, Taiwan; 4Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Despite numerous negative side effects, including osteopenia, doxorubicin (DOX) continues to be used clinically because of its high success rate in the treatment of an array of cancers. At this time it is unclear whether exercise can attenuate the deleterious effects of DOX on bone architecture. PURPOSE: To determine whether voluntary wheel running attenuates the negative effects of DOX on bone in growing male rats. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rat pups (25 days old) were randomly assigned to one of four groups: sedentary control, SED+C; sedentary DOX, SED+DOX; voluntary wheel run control, WR+C; and voluntary wheel run DOX, WR+DOX. Animals received 2 mg/kg DOX i.p. or an equivalent volume of saline (1 mL) over 7 successive days. Beginning with the first day of injections, SED animals did not exercise while animals in WR groups were allowed free access to cage-mounted running wheels for a total of 10 weeks. Upon completion of the protocol, animals were sacrificed and tibia and femur excised for assessment of bone mineral content and density (tibia) via dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and cancellous and cortical bone architecture (femur) via micro computed tomography. RESULTS: WR+C animals ran an average of 23 ± 3 km/wk while WR+DOX animals ran an average of 12 ± 3 km/wk. Treatment with DOX resulted in significantly lower tibial length and tibial bone mineral content and density (p < 0.05) compared to SED+C. The negative effects of DOX were observed in both the cortical and cancellous envelopes. Midhshaft femur cortical cross-sectional area, cortical volume, and polar moment of inertia were significantly lower in DOX-treated rats compared to SED+C. Distal femur metaphysis cancellous bone volume/tissue volume was also lower in DOX-treated compared to SED+C rats. Voluntary wheel running did not protect against the detrimental effects of DOX treatment on the skeleton in developing rats. CONCLUSIONS: DOX treatment in male rat pups suppressed bone growth and resulted in cancellous and cortical osteopenia. Voluntary wheel running during this time did not protect the growing skeleton against the negative effects of DOX treatment.
Intramuscular Doxorubicin Accumulation and Skeletal Muscle Function
Eric Bredahl, Noah Gibson, Stephanie Greufe, Keith Pfannenstiel, Traci Parry, Carole Schneider, Reid Hayward, and David Hydock. University of Northern Colorado. School of Sport and Exercise Science and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, Greeley CO, USA.
Doxorubicin (DOX) is powerful anthracycline antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of cancers. DOX has been linked to debilitating side effects, and recent studies have reported a DOX-induced decline in skeletal muscle function. However, the connection between intramuscular DOX accumulation and muscle dysfunction has yet to be determined. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of DOX on type I and type II muscle function and DOX accumulation. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats received 15 g/kg DOX i.p. (n=27) or an equivalent volume of saline i.p. as a control (CON, n=11). Soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) function was assessed ex vivo 1 day (n=9), 3 days (n=10), or 5 days (n=8) post DOX injections. DOX accumulation in skeletal muscle was then assessed using high performance liquid chromatography. RESULTS: No significant SOL or EDL maximal twitch force differences were observed 1 day or 3 days post DOX when compared to CON (p>0.05). However, SOL maximal twitch force 5 days post DOX was significantly lower than CON (19±5 mN vs. 39±3 mN, respectively, p<0.01), and EDL maximal twitch force 5 days post DOX was significantly lower than CON (34±4 mN vs. 76±8 mN, respectively, p<0.01). SOL DOX accumulation at 1, 3, and 5 days post injection was (in ng DOX/g of tissue) 425±32, 299±67, and 117±24, respectively whereas EDL DOX accumulation at 1, 3, and 5 days post injection was (in ng DOX/g of tissue) 269±35, 147±29, and 166±45, respectively. The only significant DOX accumulation difference observed between SOL and EDL was at day 1 (p<0.01). Significant reductions in intramuscular DOX levels were observed in SOL between days 1 and 5 (p<0.01) and days 3 and 5 (p<0.05), but significant reductions in intramuscular DOX levels were not observed between days 1, 3, or 5 in the EDL (p>0.05). CONCLUSION: Although DOX treatment resulted in depressed skeletal muscle function in both the SOL and EDL, differences in intramuscular DOX accumulation and clearance were observed between the SOL and EDL. DOX levels were higher in the SOL when compared to EDL, but this elevated level also declined significantly over time in the SOL suggesting differential accumulation and clearance of DOX in type I and type II muscle.