[Associations between physical exercise and quality of life in breast cancer patients].

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[Associations between physical exercise and quality of life in breast cancer patients].

Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi. 2014 Nov;36(11):871-5

Authors: Gong X, Wang J, Chen X, Shi C, Sun L, Zhang Q, Yuan Z, Yu J

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the associations between physical exercise and quality of life in breast cancer patients.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 3 344 community breast cancer patients between April and July 2013 in Shanghai, China. Data were collected using a questionnaire, including socio-demographic situation, cancer survival and health behaviors, and scores of EORTC QLQ-C30 Simplified Chinese version and FACT-G Simplified Chinese version.
RESULTS: Among a total of 3 344 breast cancer patients, the patients doing exercise reported significantly higher EORTC physical functioning scores, role functioning scores, emotional functioning scores, global health scores, and FACT-G physical well-being scores, social well-being scores, emotional well-being scores, functional well-being scores, and FACT-G total scores than the patients who didn’t take exercise (P < 0.05, PAdjusted<0.05) . Breast cancer patients who did exercise more than or equal to 5 times/week reported significantly higher EORTC role functioning scores, cognitive functioning scores, emotional functioning scores, global health scores and FACT-G physical well-being scores, functional well-being scores, and FACT-G total scores than patients who did exercise less than 5 times/week (P < 0.05, PAdjusted<0.05 ).
CONCLUSIONS: There are active associations between physical exercise and quality of life in breast cancer patients. Engagement in physical exercise is beneficial to breast cancer patients with long-term survival.

PMID: 25620488 [PubMed – in process]