skip to main content
Show Results with:

Physical activity and psychosocial benefits among breast cancer patients

Pinto, Bernardine M.; Dunsiger, Shira; Waldemore, Marissa

Psycho-oncology. Volume 22:Issue 10 (2013); pp 2193-2199 -- John Wiley & Sons

Online access

  • Title:
    Physical activity and psychosocial benefits among breast cancer patients
  • Author: Pinto, Bernardine M.;
    Dunsiger, Shira;
    Waldemore, Marissa
  • Found In: Psycho-oncology. Volume 22:Issue 10 (2013); pp 2193-2199
  • Journal Title: Psycho-oncology
  • Subjects: Neoplasms--psychology--Periodicals; Cancer--Psychological aspects--Periodicals; Cancer--Social aspects--Periodicals; breast cancer--physical activity--dose--oncology; Dewey: 616.9940019
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: John Wiley & Sons
  • Abstract: Abstract: Objective:

    Physical activity (PA) has been shown to provide health benefits for breast cancer patients. The effects of augmenting oncology healthcare provider (HCP) advice for PA with 3 months of telephone counseling versus contact control were evaluated in a randomized trial. Our goal in this secondary analysis was to examine the amount of PA (min/week) needed for psychosocial benefits among both groups.

    Methods:

    After receiving brief HCP advice to become physically active, 192 women (age in years: mean = 60.0, SD = 9.9) who had completed treatment for Stage 0–IV breast cancer were randomized to telephone counseling to support PA ( n  = 106) or contact control ( n  = 86). Their PA, fatigue, physical functioning, and quality of life were assessed at baseline (before receiving HCP advice), 3, 6, and 12 months. A non‐randomized design was used to examine the dose–response relationship between PA and psychosocial outcomes.

    Results:

    Exercising for at least 150 min/week at moderate intensity was associated with improved physical functioning ( b  = 5.9, SE = 2.9, p  = 0.04) and quality of life ( b  = 3.6, SE = 1.9, p  = 0.05) at 3 months. These relationships were not found at 6 and 12 months ( p 's > 0.05). However, women who reported at least 150 min/week of PA at both 3 and 6 months had significantly reduced fatigue ( b  = 1.3, SE = 0.7, p  = 0.05) and improved physical functioning ( b  = 3.1, SE = 1.3, p  = 0.02) and quality of life ( b  = 2.0, SE = 0.9, p  = 0.02) compared with women who did not meet this criterion.

    Conclusion:

    Women who exercised at recommended levels (at least 150 min/week) and sustained this level of activity for at least 6 months accrued psychosocial benefits. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100044269537.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1057-9249; 10.1002/pon.3272
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

Searching Remote Databases, Please Wait