Race/Ethnicity, Physical Activity, and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors

ArticleinCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 18(2):656-63 · February 2009with12 Reads
DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-08-0352 · Source: PubMed
To examine associations between recreational physical activity and quality of life (QOL) in a multiethnic cohort of breast cancer survivors, specifically testing whether associations are consistent across racial/ethnic groups after accounting for relevant medical and demographic factors that might explain disparities in QOL outcomes. Data were collected from a population-based cohort of non-Hispanic White (n = 448), Black (n = 197), and Hispanic (n = 84) breast cancer survivors (stage 0-IIIa) in the Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle Study. Physical activity was assessed approximately 2.5 years after breast cancer diagnosis, with QOL assessed on average 6 to 12 months later. We used structural equation modeling to examine relationships between meeting recommended levels of physical activity and QOL, stratifying by race/ethnicity and adjusting for other demographic, comorbidity, and treatment effects. Structural equation modeling indicated that meeting recommended levels of physical activity had significant positive associations with QOL for Black and non-Hispanic White women (P < 0.05). Fewer Black women reported meeting recommended physical activity levels (P < 0.001), but meeting recommendations was associated with better QOL. Post hoc tests showed that meeting physical activity recommendations was specifically associated with better vitality, social functioning, emotional roles, and global QOL (P < 0.05 for all). These results suggest that meeting recommended levels of physical activity is associated with better QOL in non-Hispanic White and Black breast cancer survivors. Findings may help support future interventions among breast cancer survivors and promote supportive care that includes physical activity, although more research is needed to determine these relationships among Hispanic and other ethnic minority women.
    • "The educated individuals had a higher QoL and social and emotional functions although they had a lower physical function. Results of other studies were also in accordance to our findings (Engel et al., 2003; Smith et al., 2009; Özaras & Özyurda, 2010). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Evaluation of the quality of life (QoL) of cancer patients gives valuable information regarding the burden of disease, type of treatment and its side effects in studies on chronic diseases. In this study an attempt is made to predict the QoL of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. Methods: In a cross sectional prospective study, data of 107 patients with GI cancers 58 male & 49 female with a mean age of 60.7±10.5 referred to a hospital from April 2009 to June 2015 were collected by using two standard questionnaires of EORTC-QLQ C30 and EORTC-QLQ-GINET 21. Data analysis was done using multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and correlation test in soft wares of STATA and SPSS.16. Results: Total QoL score was 50.7±24.6 in patients with gastrointestinal cancer which is almost optimal. Symptoms level was more in gastric cancer patients and their major complaints were constipation and diarrhea. QoL of patients with GI cancers were more affected by the educational level and type of cancer (P<0.05).A high correlation of QoL was related to social and emotional domains (P<0.05). Mean score of QoL was more in males with colorectal cancer, educated and retired patients (P<0.05). Conclusion: the social and emotional support to patients with esophageal cancer and to reduce the level of symptoms in patients with gastric cancer due to complications of their diseases or treatment should be of consideration to improve their QoL.
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    • "The objectives of this study were to consider obesity rates, dietary intake, and physical activity as targets for lifestyle modification strategies; to examine predictors of engagement in these strategies post diagnosis; and to learn more about salient features of lifestyle interventions from AA BCSs. Since there are gaps in care for AA BCSs [21], a fragmented transition from active treatment to survivorship [22], and long-term implications of inadequate dietary intake on recurrence [23], Survivors Involving Supporters to Take Action in Advancing Health (SISTAAH) Talk, a BrCa support group, was selected as the study population because it is an untapped, indigenous resource for learning about and promoting lifestyle changes. The objective of SISTAAH Talk is to provide a forum for AA women to communicate about and make sense of their BrCa experience in order to achieve improved physical and mental health outcomes. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Little is known about the rates of obesity among African American (AA) breast cancer survivors (BCSs), the availability and use of lifestyle modification methods suitable for this population, and the impact of changes in dietary intake and physical activity on health-related quality of life (HR-QoL). Objective: The objectives of the study were to describe obesity rates, dietary intake, and physical activity as lifestyle modification strategies; examine predictors of engagement in these strategies post diagnosis; and learn more about salient features of lifestyle interventions from AA BCSs participating in a breast cancer support group. Methods: The needs assessment included four components: (1) a literature review to determine existing lifestyle modification strategies of AA BCSs; (2) secondary data analysis of the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, Cancer Control Supplement to examine HR-QoL; (3) administration, to 200 AA BCSs, of an assessment tool relating to weight and breast cancer history, dietary intake, and physical activity through a variety of approaches (eg, Internet, mail, in-person, and telephone); and (4) focus group discussions to frame lifestyle interventions. Results: Preliminary findings indicate that AA BCSs are underrepresented in lifestyle intervention research, have disparities in HR-QoL outcomes, do not meet current cancer prevention guidelines, and have recommendations for effective strategies for lifestyle modification. Conclusions: As analyses of the needs assessment are completed, the research team is partnering with community coalitions and breast cancer support groups in Miami, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia to develop community-engaged intervention approaches for promoting adherence to cancer prevention guidelines.
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    • "Furthermore, among short-term breast cancer survivors, obesity among blacks is similar to whites, but is increased compared to whites among long-term survivors. These differences in obesity and comorbidities may explain the lower quality life and poor survival following a breast cancer diagnosis observed among blacks compared to whites [12, 14, 33]. Additional research is needed to identify when to and who should counsel breast cancer survivors who may not be practicing healthy habits. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose Differences in health status and behavioral risk factors may explain racial/ethnic breast cancer disparities. We examined racial/ethnic differences in health status and behaviors among female breast cancer survivors compared to females without breast cancer. Methods Using cross-sectional data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a national state-based, random sample telephone survey, we explored differences in self-rated health, obesity and selected behaviors (physical activity, smoking, alcohol use, fruit, and vegetable consumption) among females aged 18 years and older, who reported a previous breast cancer diagnosis (survivors, n = 10,035) and those who reported no breast cancer history (n = 234,375) by race/ethnicity. Adjusted prevalences of health status and behaviors, accounting for sociodemographics, comorbidities and health care access, were estimated by race/ethnicity. Results Compared to all other racial/ethnic groups, more white females reported heavy alcohol consumption and more black females reported obesity regardless of their breast cancer status. Among breast cancer survivors, more whites (33.7 %) were former smokers compared to blacks (24.5 %), “others” (20.5 %), and Hispanics (16.2 %) (p = 0.001). Racial/ethnic differences in obesity also varied by reported time since diagnosis (p value = 0.018). Among long-term survivors (diagnosed >5 years before interview), more black survivors (34.8 %) reported obesity compared to white survivors (23.0 %). Also, among “other” race survivors, long-term survivors (22.0 %) reported more obesity than survivors diagnosed less than 5 years before interview (7.8 %). Conclusions These findings suggest opportunities to increase health behaviors and reduce racial disparities among breast cancer survivors. Implications for Cancer Survivors Engaging in healthy behaviors can play a significant role in enhancing health outcomes and quality of life of breast cancer survivors. More research is needed to better understand racial differences in obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption in order to develop effective, culturally appropriate interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle after a breast cancer diagnosis.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2012
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