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Exercise for breast cancer survivors: bridging the gap between evidence and practice

Hayes, Sandra C., Johansson, Karin, Alfano, Catherine, & Schmitz, Kathryn H. (2011) Exercise for breast cancer survivors: bridging the gap between evidence and practice. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1(4), pp. 539-544.

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Abstract

Evidence supporting the benefits of exercise following the diagnosis of breast cancer is overwhelming and compelling. Exercise reduces the severity and number of treatment-related side effects, optimizes quality of life during and following treatment, and may optimize survival. Yet, exercise does not uniformly form part of the standards of care provided to women following a breast cancer diagnosis. This commentary summarizes the evidence in support of exercise as a form of adjuvant treatment and identifies and discusses potential issues preventing the formal integration of exercise into breast cancer care. Proposed within the commentary is a model of breast cancer care that incorporates exercise prescription as a key component but also integrates the need for surveillance and management for common breast cancer treatment-related morbidities, as well as education. While future research evaluating the potential cost savings through implementation of such amodel is required, a committed, collaborative approach by clinicians, allied health professionals, and researchers will be instrumental in bridging the gap between research and practice.

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ID Code: 48028
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Breast Cancer, Exercise, Physical Activity, Rehabilitation, Model of Care
DOI: 10.1007/s13142-011-0082-7
ISSN: 1869-6716
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy) (110321)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
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 Springer New York
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2012 12:51
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2012 13:53

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