A randomized trial to increase physical activity in breast cancer survivors.
ABSTRACT Interventions to increase physical activity among breast cancer survivors are needed to improve health and quality of life and possibly to reduce the risk of disease recurrence and early mortality. Therefore, we report the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a pilot randomized trial designed to increase physical activity in sedentary breast cancer survivors receiving hormone therapy.
Forty-one sedentary women on estrogen receptor modulators or aromatase inhibitors for stage I, II, or IIIA breast cancer were randomly assigned to receive a 12-wk multidisciplinary physical activity behavior change intervention or usual care.
Recruitment was 34%, intervention adherence was 99%, and complete follow-up data were obtained on 93%. Most participants (93%) were white with mean age of 53 +/- 9 yr. Differences favoring the intervention group were noted for accelerometer physical activity counts (mean difference = 72,103; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 25,383-119,000; effect size (d) = 1.02; P = 0.004), aerobic fitness (mean difference = 2.9; 95% CI = -0.1 to 5.8; d = 0.64; P = 0.058), back/leg muscle strength (mean difference = 12.3; 95% CI = 0.4-15.9; d = 0.81; P = 0.017), waist-to-hip ratio (mean difference = -0.05; 95% CI = -0.01 to -0.08; d = -0.77; P = 0.018), and social well-being (mean difference = 2.0; 95% CI = 0.3-3.8; d = 0.76; P = 0.03). However, the intervention group also reported a greater increase in joint stiffness (mean difference = 1.1; 95% CI = 0.1-2.2; d = 0.70; P = 0.04).
A behavior change intervention for breast cancer survivors based on the social cognitive theory is feasible and results in potentially meaningful improvements in physical activity and selected health outcomes. Confirmation in a larger study is warranted.
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ABSTRACT: Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women worldwide. Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer pose an array of physical and psychological threats to the survivors. Exercise interventions may be particularly appropriate for cancer survivors because they have the potential to improve physical and psychological functioning. The review aims to examine the effectiveness of exercise intervention on the quality of life (QOL) of breast cancer survivors. Five databases (Medline, CINAHL, Scopus, The Cochrane Library, and CAJ Full-text Database) were searched from 2003 to July 2013. Clinical controlled trials of exercise interventions for breast cancer survivors who were at least 18 years old and had completed active cancer treatment were included. A total of 25 trials were included in this study, of which 19 were pooled together statistically. Subjects in the exercise interventions had higher overall QOL than subjects in the control group. The standardized mean difference (SMD) for changes in overall general QOL scores was 0.70 (95 % CI 0.21, 1.19). The SMD for changes in cancer-specific QOL scores was 0.38 (95 % CI 0.03, 0.74). For cancer-specific QOL domains, there were positive but non-significant trends in two QOL domains (breast symptoms: Z score = 1.12, p = 0.26; arm symptoms: Z score = 1.32, p = 0.19). This study provides updated findings supporting the idea that exercise interventions have statistically significant effects on overall QOL in breast cancer survivors, as well as positive trends for cancer site-specific QOL domains (breast and arm symptoms).Breast Cancer 02/2014; · 1.33 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Diet and exercise interventions for cancer survivors result in health benefits; however, few studies have examined health outcomes in relation to adherence. We examined associations between adherence to components of a diet-exercise intervention and survivors' physical and mental health. A randomized controlled trial tested a telephone and mailed print intervention among 641 older, overweight, long-term survivors of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. Dietary and exercise behaviors were assessed at 14 time points throughout the year-long intervention; health outcomes were examined postintervention. Telephone session attendance had significant indirect relationships with health outcomes through intervention-period exercise and dietary behavior. Attendance showed positive indirect relationships with physical function (β = 0.11, p < 0.05), basic and advanced lower extremity function (β = 0.10, p < 0.05/β = 0.09, p < 0.05), and mental health (β = 0.05, p < 0.05), and a negative indirect relationship with body mass index (β = -0.06, p < 0.05). Session attendance is vital in facilitating improvement in health behaviors and attendant outcomes (Clinicaltrials.gov number NCT00303875).Annals of Behavioral Medicine 03/2014; · 4.20 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To investigate the role of exercise training the past 25 years on major physiological-psychological outcomes studied thus far in this patient population. PubMed, MedlinePlus, the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, SportDiscus, Embase, Scorpus, and Google Scholar were searched from September to November 2013 to identify exercise training studies that used objective measurements of fitness and/or patient reported outcomes assessed pre and post-exercise training with statistical analyses performed in at least one of the following outcome measurements: Cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, fatigue, depression, and overall quality of life. Five reviewers independently identified the studies that met the criteria for the review and discrepancies were resolved by consensus among all authors. Fifty-one studies were included in this review with 5 from the period between 1989-1999, 11 from 2000-2006, and 35 from 2007-2013. The evolution of study designs changed from aerobic only exercise training interventions (1989-1999), to a combination of aerobic and resistance training (2000-2006), to studies including an arm of resistance training or examining the effects of resistance training as the main mode of exercise (2007-2013). Overall, the benefits of exercise showed improvements in cardiorespiratory function, body composition, strength, and patient reported outcomes including fatigue, depression, and quality of life. Exercise training appears to be safe for most breast cancer patients and improvements in physiological, psychological, and functional parameters can be attained with regular participation in moderate intensity exercise.World journal of clinical oncology. 05/2014; 5(2):177-90.