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Evid Based Nurs 10:12 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.1.12
  • Treatment

Review: regular exercise improves quality of life and physical fitness in women with breast cancer


 
 Q In women with a history of breast cancer, does regular exercise improve quality of life, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical functioning, and fatigue?

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Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, CancerLit, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PEDro, SportDiscus, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and specialised register of the Cochrane Breast Cancer Group (all to March 2005); proceedings from major cancer and sports medicine meetings; clinical practice guidelines; websites; reference lists; and experts.

GraphicStudy selection and assessment:

randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared exercise with placebo, a controlled comparison, or standard care in breast cancer patients or survivors. Exercise was defined as leisure time physical activity, performed on a repeated basis over an extended period with the intention of improving fitness, performance, or health. Studies published only in abstract form or involving exercise therapy …

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