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Title: Physical activity levels after treatment for breast cancer: one-year follow-up
Authors: Devoogdt, Nele
Van Kampen, Marijke
Geraerts, Inge
Coremans, Tina
FIEUWS, Steffen
Lefevre, Johan
Philippaerts, Renaat
Truijen, Steven
Neven, Patrick
Christiaens, Marie-Rose
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: SPRINGER
Citation: BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT, 123(2). p. 417-425
Abstract: Among patients with breast cancer, few studies have examined the pattern of change of physical activity levels over time or the predictive factors for this change. Particularly sparse are studies comparing pre-surgical physical activity levels with those 12 months post-surgery. Patients with a primary operable breast cancer (N = 267) filled in the Physical Activity Computerised Questionnaire before breast surgery and 1, 3, 6 and 12 months post-operatively. Patient-, disease- and treatment-related factors were prospectively collected. Total physical activity level and occupational, sport and household activity levels were significantly decreased the first month post-operatively and did not recover during the first year after surgery. 'Being employed' was a predictive factor for a larger decrease of the total activity level, comparing the pre-operative and 12 months post-surgery stages. Having a spouse, a pN2-3 lesion and over 20 lymph nodes dissected predicted a decrease in occupational activity. Advanced age and smoking behaviour predicted a decrease in sport activities, and not having a spouse predicted a decrease in household activities. This study showed that 1 year after breast cancer surgery, pre-operative physical activity levels were not recovered. Breast cancer patients, and in particular those at risk for a decreased physical activity level, should be identified, encouraged and guided to increase their activities.
Notes: [Devoogdt, Nele; Van Kampen, Marijke; Geraerts, Inge] Univ Hosp Leuven, Dept Physiotherapy, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium. [Devoogdt, Nele; Van Kampen, Marijke; Geraerts, Inge] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Dept Rehabil Sci, Louvain, Belgium. [Lefevre, Johan] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Dept Kinesiol, Louvain, Belgium. [Devoogdt, Nele; Coremans, Tina; Truijen, Steven] Artesis Univ Coll Antwerp, Dept Hlth Care, Antwerp, Belgium. [Fieuws, Steffen] Univ Hasselt, Louvain, Belgium. [Philippaerts, Renaat] Univ Ghent, Dept Movement & Sport Sci, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Neven, Patrick; Christiaens, Marie-Rose] Univ Hosp Leuven, Multidisciplinary Breast Clin, Louvain, Belgium. [Neven, Patrick; Christiaens, Marie-Rose] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Fac Med, Louvain, Belgium. nele.devoogdt@artesis.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/11126
DOI: 10.1007/s10549-010-0997-6
ISI #: 000280807900010
ISSN: 0167-6806
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2011
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