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Supervised exercise for older women treated for breast cancer. Preliminary results from a pilot randomised controlled trial.

Kipling, Kipling, McCluskey, Serena, Kirshbaum, Marilynne, Garbutt, G. and Boduszek, Daniel (2015). Supervised exercise for older women treated for breast cancer. Preliminary results from a pilot randomised controlled trial.. Psycho-Oncology,24(1):9-9.

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Title Supervised exercise for older women treated for breast cancer. Preliminary results from a pilot randomised controlled trial.
Author Kipling, Kipling
McCluskey, Serena
Kirshbaum, Marilynne
Garbutt, G.
Boduszek, Daniel
Journal Name Psycho-Oncology
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 24
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1099-1611   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 9
End Page 9
Total Pages 1
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Background: There is compelling evidence of the benefits of exercise in cancers survivors and older populations but very limited research on exercise interventions conducted with older breast cancer survivors.

Aims: The study investigated whether a supervised exercise intervention (1 x week) and home based (2 x week) lasting 12-weeks with older women treated for breast cancer (>60 years) during and post-adjuvant therapy improved functional capacity (walking ability), body composition, quality of life (QoL) and levels of physical activity over 12 months.

Methods: A pilot randomised controlled trial assigned 35 recently diagnosed female breast cancer patients (mean = 67 years; SD = 5.02) to either a supervised exercise intervention (n = 17) or a control group (n = 18). Outcome measures were assessed at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months.

Results:
Preliminary analyses of walking distance, body composition and physical activity for the first 3 months of the study were conducted. The intervention group significantly increased their walking distance (p<0.001) and their physical activity levels (p<0.05) but there were no significant differences in body composition between groups. The control group also significantly increased their walking distance (p<0.01).

Conclusion: The intervention group significantly improved walking distance and daily levels of physical activity over 3 months with no adverse events reported. It will be interesting to observe whether these changes can be maintained to have a positive effect on health, functional capacity and QoL and whether this increase in daily physical activity levels will have any effect on body composition
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.3824   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Paper presented at British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, 19-20 March 2015, Leeds, UK.
 
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