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Effectiveness of a 12-month exercise program on physical performance and quality of life of breast cancer survivors

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3875-3884
Number of pages10
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Aim: The study aimed at determining whether physical exercise training improves the quality of life (QoL) and physical fitness of breast cancer survivors. Patients and Methods: A total of 573 breast cancer survivors were randomized into an exercise or a control group, 12-months after adjuvant treatments. EORTC QLQ-C30 and BR-23 questionnaires were used for evaluation of QoL, FACIT-F for fatigue and the Finnish modified version of Beck's 13-item depression scale (RBDI) for depression. Physical fitness was assessed by a 2-km walking test, and a figure-8 running test and physical activity (PA) by metabolic equivalent (MET) hours per week (MET-h/wk). Results: Figure-8 running time improved significantly among the patients of the intervention group compared with the controls (p

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Breast cancer, Exercise, Oncology, Physical activity, Physical performance, Quality of life