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breast cancer survivors fatigue

Lizhou Liu, Simone Petrich, Blair McLaren, Lyndell Kelly, G David Baxter
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer patients experience various side effects during cancer therapy, often resulting in reduced quality of life and poor adherence to treatment. A limited range of proven interventions has been developed to target such side effects. While Tai Chi offers benefits for the health and well-being of breast cancer survivors, the effectiveness of Tai Chi across the treatment continuum has not been evaluated. Improved patient education and support has been suggested as a priority for breast cancer care...
March 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Yuan-Yuan Lei, Suzanne C Ho, Ashley Cheng, Carol Kwok, Chi-Kiu Iris Lee, Ka Li Cheung, Roselle Lee, Herbert H F Loong, Yi-Qian He, Winnie Yeo
Background: The 2007 World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) guideline provides recommendations for cancer prevention among cancer survivors. Limited data have examined whether guideline adherence is related to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among Chinese patients with breast cancer. Methods: An ongoing prospective cohort study involving 1,462 Chinese women with early-stage breast cancer assessed exercise, diet, and body mass index (BMI) at baseline and at 18-months follow-up after diagnosis...
March 2018: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Peh Joo Ho, Mikael Hartman, Sofie A M Gernaat, Alex R Cook, Soo Chin Lee, Leon Hupkens, Helena M Verkooijen
PURPOSE: Workability is of increasing importance especially in Asia given the increasing incidence rates and young age of onset of breast cancer. This study explores the determinants of employment and suboptimal workability. And evaluate the association between workability and patient-reported physical, psychological, and social outcomes. METHODS: In a hospital-based cross-sectional study, 327 breast cancer survivors, < 65 years of age and > 1 year post-diagnosis were recruited...
March 6, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Karen Steindorf, Martina E Schmidt, Philipp Zimmer
A growing number of literature reports positive effects of physical activity and exercise. These effects concern prevention, mortality and progress of cancer. Furthermore they show a reduction of disease- and treatment-specific side effects, which implies a better patients' quality of life. Evidence shows a decreased mortality risk in patients with physically active cancer of colon, breast, ovaries and prostate. Activity recommendations for patients with cancer do not differ from those for healthy persons...
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Amanda L Gentry, Susan M Sereika, Frances E Casillo, Mary E Crisafio, Patrick T Donahue, George A Grove, Anna L Marsland, Jennifer C Watt, Catherine M Bender
The Exercise Program in Cancer and Cognition (EPICC) Study is a randomized controlled trial designed to test the effects of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on cognitive function in postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer during the first six months of aromatase inhibitor therapy. It is estimated that up to 75% of survivors of breast cancer experience cognitive impairment related to disease and treatment. At present, there are no known interventions to improve or manage cognitive function for women with breast cancer...
February 28, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Robert Zachariae, Ali Amidi, Malene F Damholdt, Cecilie D R Clausen, Jesper Dahlgaard, Holly Lord, Frances P Thorndike, Lee M Ritterband
Background: Insomnia is two to three times more prevalent in cancer survivors than in the general population, where it is estimated to be 10% to 20%. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the recommended treatment for chronic insomnia, but meeting survivor needs remains a challenge. Internet-delivered CBT-I (iCBT-I) has been shown efficacious in otherwise healthy adults. We tested the efficacy of iCBT-I in breast cancer survivors with clinically significant sleep disturbance...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Juan Xia, Zheng Tang, Qinglong Deng, Jiwei Wang, Jinming Yu
To examine the association between BMI and QOL in breast cancer survivors in China, we conducted a cross-sectional survey and recruited 10708 breast cancer survivors. Survivors self-reported QOL was measured using the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the QLQ-BR23. The impact of BMI on QOL was examined through standard least squares regression. Normal weight and overweight survivors were more likely to have a better QOL than underweight and obese survivors and the results were similar to survivors diagnosed as having chronic diseases...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
S Ramachandran, Selvaraj Sudhakar, Fousiya Thaslim, S Veena Kirthika, K Padmanabhan, Asir John Samuel
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January 2018: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
Christine C Ekenga, Maria Pérez, Julie A Margenthaler, Donna B Jeffe
BACKGROUND: Although cancer survivors are more likely to be unemployed than individuals without a cancer history, employment participation after treatment of early-stage breast cancer has not been widely studied to date. The objectives of the current study were to evaluate employment trajectories in a cohort of patients with early-stage breast cancer and age-matched controls from the time of diagnosis to the 2-year follow-up, and identify factors associated with diminished and emerging employment participation...
February 13, 2018: Cancer
Cynthia Owusu, Elizabeth Antognoli, Nora Nock, Paul Hergenroeder, Kristina Austin, Elizabeth Bennet, Nathan A Berger, Stephen Cerne, Katelyn Foraker, Kevin Heine, Ellen Heyman, Halle Moore, Jean Petkac, Mark Schluchter, Kathryn H Schmitz, Anastasia Whitson, Susan Flocke
BACKGROUND: We sought to explore the perspective of older breast cancer survivors (BCS) from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds toward physical activity (PA) to inform the design of a PA program that fosters acceptability. METHODS: Participants included sixty women, ≥65years, within two years of treatment completion for stage I-III breast cancer. We purposely sampled ≥ten patients in each race [African-American (AA) and Non-Hispanic White (NHW)] and socioeconomic status (SES) [SES disadvantaged and SES non-disadvantaged] group...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Dalnim Cho, Qiao Chu, Qian Lu
PURPOSE: Most existing studies on fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) are exploratory without theoretical underpinnings and have been conducted among non-Hispanic Whites. Based on theoretical models, we hypothesized that more physical symptoms (pain and fatigue) would be associated with higher FCR, which, in turn would be related to lower emotional well-being among Chinese American breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Participants were 77 Chinese American women who were diagnosed with breast cancer of stages 0-III...
December 14, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Laura Iadeluca, Jack Mardekian, Pratibha Chander, Markay Hopps, Geoffrey T Makinson
Objective: To characterize the disease burden among survivors of those cancers having the highest incidence in the US. Methods: Adult (≥18 years) survivors of the 11 most frequently diagnosed cancers were identified from publically available data sources, including the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results 9 1973-2012, National Health Interview Survey 2013, and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2011. Chi-square tests and one-way analyses of variance were utilized to assess differences between cancer survivors and non-cancer controls in behavioral characteristics, symptoms and functions, preventative screenings, and health care costs...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
Inge Spronk, Joke C Korevaar, Francois G Schellevis, Tit Albreht, Jako S Burgers
OBJECTIVE: To review evidence-based (EB) recommendations on survivorship care for primary care providers (PCPs) in EB breast cancer guidelines. DESIGN AND SETTING: Guidelines were collected via experts and via literature database, guideline database and cancer agency websites searches. METHOD: EB guidelines in any language published between 2012 and 2017 were collected. EB recommendations on survivorship care relevant for PCPs were extracted and grouped into three categories (recurrence detection, long-term effects and recurrence prevention)...
December 12, 2017: BMJ Open
Sarah J O Nomura, Yi-Ting Hwang, Scarlett Lin Gomez, Teresa T Fung, Shu-Lan Yeh, Chiranjeev Dash, Laura Allen, Serena Philips, Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, Yun-Ling Zheng, Judy Huei-Yu Wang
PURPOSE: This project was undertaken to examine the association between dietary intake of soy or cruciferous vegetables and breast cancer treatment-related symptoms among Chinese-American (CA) and Non-Hispanic White (NHW) breast cancer survivors. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 192 CA and 173 NHW female breast cancer survivors (stages 0-III, diagnosed between 2006 and 2012) recruited from two California cancer registries, who had completed primary treatment...
April 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Peter M Wayne, M S Lee, J Novakowski, K Osypiuk, J Ligibel, L E Carlson, R Song
PURPOSE: This study aims to summarize and critically evaluate the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQ) mind-body exercises on symptoms and quality of life (QOL) in cancer survivors. METHODS: A systematic search in four electronic databases targeted randomized and non-randomized clinical studies evaluating TCQ for fatigue, sleep difficulty, depression, pain, and QOL in cancer patients, published through August 2016. Meta-analysis was used to estimate effect sizes (ES, Hedges' g) and publication bias for randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Melody Swen, Amandeep Mann, Raheem J Paxton, Lorraine T Dean
INTRODUCTION: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is the most uncomfortable symptom among women with a history of breast cancer. Black women are more likely than women of other racial/ethnic groups to have CRF risk factors, such as physical inactivity and obesity, yet CRF studies have not focused on black women. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis to assess CRF and physical activity among black women survivors of breast cancer. METHOD: In May and July of 2012, 267 members (mean age, 54 y) of the Sisters Network, Inc, completed an online survey of sociodemographic characteristics, medical characteristics, and physical activity, and a fatigue instrument (the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy [FACIT])...
November 30, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
Jan Schmielau, Oliver Rick, Monika Reuss-Borst, Eva-Maria Kalusche-Bontemps, Monika Steimann
The prognosis of cancer patients is constantly improving, which increases the importance of securing long-term quality of life. While therapy of treatment-related disability mostly succeeds a cancer-specific treatment, physicians' awareness of simultaneous supportive therapy is rising. Early interventions such as physical exercise during chemotherapy are effective in reducing conditions such as fatigue. Specific sensorimotor training is able to improve or even prevent impairment of balance caused by neurotoxic agents...
2017: Oncology Research and Treatment
Ana C Sanchez-Birkhead, Sara Carbajal-Salisbury, Jorge Arce Larreta, Leslie Lovlien, Hilary Hendricks, Catherine Dingley, Susan L Beck
INTRODUCTION: Latina breast cancer survivors in the United States face disproportionate risk for poorer quality of life and physical health, as well as greater emotional distress. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to describe the physical, emotional, and general health status of 135 Latina breast cancer survivors served by a community-based program. RESULTS: Of the 135 surveys sent, 48 survivors responded. Of those who responded, time since diagnosis ranged from 0 to 24 years ( M = 4...
January 1, 2017: Hispanic Health Care International: the Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Ashley Henneghan, Alexa Stuifbergen, Heather Becker, Shelli Kesler, Elisabeth King
BACKGROUND: Cognitive changes following breast cancer treatment are likely multifactorial and have been linked to emotional factors, biophysiological factors, and fatigue, among others. Little is known about the contributions of modifiable factors such as stress, loneliness, and sleep quality. The purpose of this study was to explore the direct and indirect effects of perceived stress, loneliness, and sleep quality on perceived cognitive function (PCF) in breast cancer survivors (BCS) after chemotherapy completion...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Fatemeh Moghaddam Tabrizi, Saeedeh Alizadeh
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is one of the most frequent symptoms in cancer patients. However, its exact causes are still unknown, and this circumstance makes it complicated to encounter the problem. OBJECTIVE: The current research was carried out to investigate factors associated with fatigue in cancer patients without other diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The research was conducted in 2013. A group of 150 randomly selected breast cancer patients who had successful surgical treatment and attending in oncology ward to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy...
June 2017: Mædica
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