ABSTRACT: Fatigue and Quality of Life Outcomes of Exercise During
Purpose: Despite the recognition of fatigue as a common and distressing
symptom during cancer treatment, there are few evidence-based
interventions available to manage such fatigue. The purpose of
this multi-institutional pilot study was to explore the effects
of a home-based moderate walking exercise intervention on fatigue,
physical functioning, emotional distress, and quality of life
(QOL) during breast cancer treatment.
Results: Women who exercised at least 90 minutes per week on 3
or more days reported significantly less fatigue and emotional
distress as well as higher functional ability and QOL than women
who were less active during treatment.
Clinical implications: A home-based walking exercise program is
a potentially effective, low-cost, and safe intervention to manage
fatigue and to improve QOL during adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation
therapy for breast cancer.
This health-promoting self-care activity
needs further testing in large randomized clinical trials.
[05/01/2001; Cancer Practice]
Euro J Cancer, 9/04
Supportive Care in Cancer, 11/04
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