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Full-body exercise training improves fitness and quality of life in survivors of breast cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16506861     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study evaluated the safety and effectiveness of an 8-week full-body resistance and aerobic exercise program for 27 survivors of breast cancer (age, 57.7 +/- 7.2 years; years posttreatment, 0.8- 21.0) with prior upper-body conditioning. Physical fitness and quality-of-life (QOL) measures were obtained before and after the training period. Lymphedema, evaluated via arm volume measurement at baseline, was self-monitored throughout the trial. Sum of skinfolds, waist girth, and hip girth were significantly reduced posttraining (p < 0.01), although body weight did not change. Significant improvements (p < 0.01) were observed in upper-body strength (35.6 +/- 16.4%) and endurance (167.4 +/- 55.4%), lower-body strength (50.7 +/- 32.3%) and endurance (273.1 +/- 120.7%), Vo(2peak), trunk flexibility, and flexibility of the ipsilateral (surgical) and contralateral shoulder joint. Psychological QOL and overall QOL, evaluated via the World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment Scale-Abbreviated Version. Inventory also improved significantly (p < 0.01). No incidents of lymphedema or injury were reported. These findings suggest that survivors of breast cancer can safely benefit from engaging in a full-body exercise regimen.
Birinder Singh B Cheema; Catherine A Gaul
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1064-8011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Strength Cond Res     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-01     Completed Date:  2006-07-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-21     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
School of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Sydney, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Neoplasms / physiopathology*
Exercise / physiology*
Middle Aged
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Endurance / physiology
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Prospective Studies
Quality of Life*
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
Skinfold Thickness
Waist-Hip Ratio

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