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Nursing issues
Walking may ameliorate fatigue in women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer
  1. Jasmine Yee1,2,
  2. Haryana Dhillon1,3
  1. 1Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Exercise and Sport Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Trials Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jasmine Yee, Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia; jasmine.yee{at}sydney.edu.au

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Commentary on: Huang HP, Wen FH, Yang TY, et al. The effect of a 12-week home-based walking program on reducing fatigue in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy: a randomized controlled study. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;99:103376.

Implications for practice and research

  • Walking during chemotherapy for breast cancer may minimise cancer-related fatigue.

  • Further research is needed to explore strategies to enhance adherence and the effects of walking in low-functioning and inactive women.

Context

Cancer-related fatigue is a common and debilitating symptom experienced by people with cancer. Evidence is increasingly supporting benefits of exercise in ameliorating fatigue during and following treatment for breast cancer.1 Home-based exercise interventions are advantageous due to low cost and high accessibility. Although not examined as extensively as supervised programmes, home-based interventions are not as effective in reducing fatigue.2 This study3 examines the effects …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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