Exercise for health : a breast cancer recovery program - quality of life benefits [Conference Abstract]

DiSipio, Tracey, Rye, Sheree, Newton, Melissa, Guy, Lauren, Spathonis, Kym, Eakin, Elizabeth, & Hayes, Sandi (2009) Exercise for health : a breast cancer recovery program - quality of life benefits [Conference Abstract]. In Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology [Special Issue: Abstracts of the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia], Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. , Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, A232-A232.

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Introduction: Five-year survival from breast cancer in Australia is 87%. Hence, ensuring a good quality of life (QOL) has become a focal point of cancer research and clinical interest. Exercise during and after treatment has been identified as a potential strategy to optimise QOL of women diagnosed with breast cancer.----- Methods: Exercise for Health is a randomised controlled trial of an eight-month, exercise intervention delivered by Exercise Physiologists. An objective of this study was to assess the impact of the exercise program during and following treatment on QOL. Queensland women diagnosed with unilateral breast cancer in 2006/07 were eligible to participate. Those living in urban-Brisbane (n=194) were allocated to either the face-to-face exercise group, the telephone exercise group, or the usual-care group, and those living in rural Queensland (n=143) were allocated to the telephone exercise group or the usual-care group. QOL, as assessed by the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B+4) questionnaire, was measured at 4-6 weeks (pre-intervention), 6 months (mid-intervention) and 12 months (three months post-intervention) post-surgery.----- Results: Significant (P<0.01) increases in QOL were observed between pre-intervention and three months post-intervention 12 months post-surgery for all women. Women in the exercise groups experienced greater mean positive changes in QOL during this time (+10 points) compared with the usual-care groups (+5 to +7 points) after adjusting for baseline QOL. Although all groups experienced an overall increase in QOL, approximately 20% of urban and rural women in the usual-care groups reported a decline in QOL, compared with 10% of women in the exercise groups.----- Conclusions: This work highlights the potential importance of participating in physical activity to optimise QOL following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Results suggest that the telephone may be an effective medium for delivering exercise counselling to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

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ID Code: 28718
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2009.01252.x
ISSN: 1743-7555
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2009 23:52
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 01:41

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