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

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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.

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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, …

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  • For correspondence: MsM L McNeely, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. mmcneely{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.