Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Patients during Medical Treatment and in the Aftercare - a Review

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Most scientific studies regarding physical activity in cancer patients involve breast cancer patients. It is apparent that physical activity during medical treatment and aftercare is not only feasible and safe but also effective. Current studies clearly show that regular and specific endurance and/or resistance training can reduce a number of side effects caused by medical treatment. Among others, improvements in physical performance, body composition, and quality of life as well as a reduction in fatigue, have been observed. Since inactivity appears to exacerbate lymphedema, patients with lymphedema are also encouraged to exercise. Few studies have been carried out regarding physical exercise in metastatic patients. However, experts in the field also recommend regular physical activity for patients with advanced-stage breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBreast care (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.2013

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