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Weight management and its role in breast cancer rehabilitation

Demark-Wahnefried, Wendy, Campbell, Kristin, & Hayes, Sandra C. (2012) Weight management and its role in breast cancer rehabilitation. Cancer, 118(S8), pp. 2277-2287.

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Abstract

Overweight and obesity are risk factors for post-menopausal breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with breast cancer, irrespective of menopausal status, gain weight after diagnosis. Weight management plays an important role in rehabilitation and recovery since obesity and/or weight gain may lead to poorer breast cancer prognosis, as well as prevalent co-morbid conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes), poorer surgical outcomes (e.g., increased operating and recovery times, higher infection rates, and poorer healing), lymphedema, fatigue, functional decline, and poorer health and overall quality of life. Health care professionals should encourage weight management at all phases of the cancer care continuum as a means to potentially avoid adverse sequelae and late effects, as well as to improve overall health and possibly survival. Comprehensive approaches that involve dietary and behavior modification, and increased aerobic and strength training exercise have shown promise in either preventing weight gain or promoting weight loss, reducing biomarkers associated with inflammation and co-morbidity, and improving lifestyle behaviors, functional status, and quality of life in this high-risk patient population.

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ID Code: 47102
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Funding for this manuscript was provided by P30 CA13148-40. Condensed abstract: Obesity is a risk factor for post-menopausal breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with breast cancer, irrespective of menopausal status, gain weight post diagnosis. Weight management plays an important role in rehabilitation and recovery since obesity and/or weight gain may lead to poorer quality of life, overall health and/or survival.
Keywords: Breast Neoplasms, Obesity, Weight Loss, Diet, Exercise
DOI: 10.1002/cncr.27466
ISSN: 0008-543X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
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 © 2011 American Cancer Society
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2011 02:39
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 06:24

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