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breast cancer survivors fatigue

Martine Extermann, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Laila Samiian, Marina Sehovic, Jinze Xu, Christopher Cubitt, Paul B Jacobsen, Marco Pahor, Stephen R Grobmyer, Todd M Manini
OBJECTIVE: Chemotherapy is less often prescribed in older individuals due to concerns about post-treatment morbidity and quality of life. We evaluated the physical performance of breast cancer survivors treated with and without adjuvant chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in 56 estrogen receptor positive breast cancer survivors (BCS) on adjuvant aromatase inhibitors 1-2years after definitive surgery. Cases had received adjuvant chemotherapy (n=27; age 70...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Jeffrey Sisler, Genevieve Chaput, Jonathan Sussman, Emmanuel Ozokwelu
OBJECTIVE: To offer FPs a summary of evidence-based recommendations to guide their follow-up survivorship care of women treated for breast cancer. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: A literature search was conducted in MEDLINE from 2000 to 2016 using the search words breast cancer, survivorship, follow-up care, aftercare, guidelines, and survivorship care plans, with a focus on review of recent guidelines published by national cancer organizations. Evidence ranges from level I to level III...
October 2016: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
L Steentjes, S Siesling, F J Drummond, J G van Manen, L Sharp, A Gavin
We identified patient and disease characteristics associated with (1) "current" physical side-effects of any severity; and (2) "severe" physical side-effects "ever" experienced by 3,348 (54%) prostate cancer (PCa) survivors in Ireland diagnosed 2-18 years previously. Postal questionnaires collected symptoms at diagnosis, post-biopsy complications, comorbidities, primary treatments and physical side-effects post-treatment (urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, libido loss, bowel problems, breast changes, hot flushes, and fatigue, "ever" and "current" at time of questionnaire completion)...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Richard R Reich, Cecile A Lengacher, Carissa B Alinat, Kevin E Kip, Carly Paterson, Sophia Ramesar, Heather S Han, Roohi Ismail-Khan, Versie Johnson-Mallard, Manolete Moscoso, Pinky Budhrani-Shani, Steve Shivers, Charles E Cox, Matthew Goodman, Jong Park
CONTEXT: Breast cancer survivors (BCS) face adverse physical and psychological symptoms, often co-occurring. Biological and psychological factors may link symptoms within clusters, distinguishable by prevalence and/or severity. Few studies have examined the effects of behavioral interventions or treatment of symptom clusters. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify symptom clusters among post-treatment BCS and determine symptom cluster improvement following the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Breast Cancer (MBSR(BC)) program...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Rachel Meadows, Timethia Bonner, Megha Dobhal, Sujana Borra, Jordan A Killion, Raheem Paxton
INTRODUCTION: Several studies have indicated that the relationship between physical activity and quality of life is not directed but mediated through various pathways. The purpose of this study was to assess the role of cancer-related fatigue, disability, and functional status as potential mediators in African-American breast cancer survivors. METHODS: African-American breast cancer survivors (N = 135, mean age = 63) aged 55 years and older participated in a web-based survey consisting of measures assessing physical activity, functional status, cancer-related fatigue, disability, quality of life, and sociodemographic and medical characteristics...
October 5, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Ali A Weinstein, Guoqing Diao, Patrice Winter, Anna Baranova, Aybike Biererdinc, Katherine Doyle, Lynn Gerber
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Ali A Weinstein, Patrice Winter, Anna Baranova, Aybike Birerdinc, Katherine Doyle, Lynn Gerber
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Maria Gabriella Giganti, Ilaria Tresoldi, Roberto Sorge, Giovanni Melchiorri, Tamara Triossi, Laura Masuelli, Paolo Lido, Loredana Albonici, Calogero Foti, Andrea Modesti, Roberto Bei
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) exhibit an important function in extracellular matrix degradation. MMPs modulate the activation of growth factors, cytokines and metastasis. At present, the effect of exercise on serum levels of MMP-2 and -9 remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of various physical activities on the circulating levels of MMP-2 and -9 in breast cancer (BC) survivors and healthy subjects. A total of 66 female subjects were enrolled in the present study. The cohort included 46 BC survivors and 20 healthy subjects divided into 5 groups: Group A (17 BC survivors, participating in recreational dragon boat paddling), group B (14 BC survivors, participating in recreational physical activity), group C (15 sedentary BC survivors), group D (10 healthy subjects, participating in recreational physical activity) and group E (10 sedentary healthy subjects)...
September 2016: Oncology Letters
Hiroko Kunitake, Marcia M Russell, Ping Zheng, Greg Yothers, Stephanie R Land, Laura Petersen, Louis Fehrenbacher, Jeffery K Giguere, D Lawrence Wickerham, Clifford Y Ko, Patricia A Ganz
PURPOSE: Little is known about health-related quality of life (HRQL) in long-term survivors (LTS) of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Long-term CRC survivors (≥5 years) treated in previous National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project trials were recruited from 60 sites. After obtaining consent, a telephone survey was administered, which included HRQL instruments to measure physical health (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living [IADL], SF-12 Physical Component Scale [PCS], SF-36 Vitality Scale), mental health (SF-12 Mental Component Scale [MCS], Life Orientation Test, and Impact of Cancer), and clinical symptoms (Fatigue Symptom Inventory [FSI], European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Colorectal Module [EORTC-CR38], and Brief Pain Inventory)...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
M P van Egmond, S F A Duijts, M A Jonker, A J van der Beek, J R Anema
BACKGROUND: Up to 53% of cancer survivors (CSs) experiences job loss during or after treatment. To support CSs with job loss in the Netherlands, a tailored return to work (RTW) program was developed. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the program on duration until sustainable RTW in CSs with job loss. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study employed a two-armed (intervention/control) randomized controlled design with one-year follow-up. The primary outcome measure was duration until sustainable RTW...
August 23, 2016: Acta Oncologica
Linda Larkey, Jennifer Huberty, Maja Pedersen, Karen Weihs
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer survivors (BCSs) often report fatigue that persists for years following treatment. Despite a growing body of evidence for meditative movement practices to improve symptoms among BCSs, few studies have explored using Qigong/Tai Chi to reduce fatigue. Additionally, few have examined the biological mechanisms through which fatigue may be reduced using Qigong/Tai Chi. METHODS/STUDY DESIGN: We will recruit 250 fatigued, post-menopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 0-III), between 6months and 5years past primary treatment and randomize to a standardized Qigong/Tai Chi Easy (QG/TCE) intervention, a "sham" Qigong group (movements without a focus on the breath and meditative state) (SQG), or an educational support (ES) group...
September 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Ann Marie Flores, Jason Nelson, Lee Sowles, Karen Bienenstock, William J Blot
PURPOSE: We describe impairments after breast cancer and its treatment for African American (AA), non-Hispanic white and low-income breast cancer survivors (BCS) and whether physical therapy (PT) was utilized to address these impairments. METHODS: BCS from the Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS) were surveyed about self-reported BC treatment-related impairments (shoulder impairment, muscle weakness, pain, fatigue, skin numbness, abnormal posture) and referral to PT for impairments...
2016: SpringerPlus
Debora Aricò, Alberto Raggi, Raffaele Ferri
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is a common sleep disorder in patients with breast cancer and studies show a higher frequency than in the general population but it appears to be understudied and the treatment seems to be a neglected problem. There is a growing body of evidence about the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in breast cancer survivors (BCS). The aim of this review is to examine the best available scientific evidence related to CBT-I and insomnia in patients with breast cancer and to assess the effect of CBT-I on their psychosocial functioning, sleep, quality of life, and mood...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Laura Q Rogers, Kerry S Courneya, Philip M Anton, Steven Verhulst, Sandra K Vicari, Randall S Robbs, Edward McAuley
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of the 3-month multicomponent Better Exercise Adherence after Treatment for Cancer (BEAT Cancer) physical activity behavior change intervention on fatigue, depressive symptomatology, and anxiety. METHODS: Post-primary treatment breast cancer survivors (n = 222) were randomized to BEAT Cancer or usual care (UC). Fatigue Symptom Inventory and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale were assessed at baseline, post-intervention (month 3; M3), and follow-up (month 6; M6)...
August 17, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Jingmei Li, Keith Humphreys, Mikael Eriksson, Huma Dar, Yvonne Brandberg, Per Hall, Kamila Czene
Literature focusing on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) by cancer site among women only is scarce. This study examines HRQoL of breast cancer (BC) survivors compared with female survivors of other cancers, and to understand which subgroups of BC survivors were particularly at risk of reduced HRQoL. We placed emphasis on young (<50 years) and recently diagnosed (≤5 years) survivors, where the deficits in HRQoL were most pronounced. The cross-sectional study consisted of 2,224 BC survivors, 8,504 non-cancer controls and 2,205 other cancer survivors in the Karma study...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Ae-Jin Goo, Yun-Mi Song, Jinyoung Shin, Hyeonyoung Ko
BACKGROUND: This cross-sectional study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of depressive disorders and factors associated in long-term cancer survivors. METHODS: A total of 702 long-term cancer survivors over 5-years in remission were recruited in a university-affiliated tertiary hospital in Korea. Self-report using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 and the Fatigue Severity Scale assessed depression and fatigue, respectively. Demographic characteristics, cancer-related clinical characteristics, comorbidity, health behaviors, and physical symptoms were assessed through the review of medical records or a structured self-administered questionnaire...
July 2016: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
Takafumi Soejima, Kiyoko Kamibeppu
Cancer, its therapy, and related adverse effects have been associated with reduced work performance, including absenteeism (i.e. absence from scheduled work due to health problems) and presenteeism (i.e. impaired on-the-job performance due to health problems) among cancer survivors. This review aimed to compare the work performance of employed cancer survivors with that of cancer-free controls, and to examine factors related to the impairment of work performance. The findings from this review could bring about suggestions for clinical interventions aimed at improving survivors' work performance...
July 20, 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Kathleen Van Dyk, Patricia A Ganz, Linda Ercoli, Laura Petersen, Catherine M Crespi
PURPOSE: Cognitive complaints are a concern for breast cancer survivors. Among various published measures for cognitive complaints, the Patient's Assessment of Own Functioning Inventory (PAOFI) is one of the few assessing a spectrum of cognitive abilities, including those most commonly reported by breast cancer survivors. This study aimed to examine the psychometric properties of the PAOFI in breast cancer survivors. METHODS: An exploratory factor analysis was conducted with a sample of breast cancer survivors (n = 189) who had completed all primary cancer treatments...
July 19, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Siobhan M Phillips, Gillian R Lloyd, Elizabeth A Awick, Edward McAuley
PURPOSE: Many breast cancer survivors report cancer and cancer treatment-associated cognitive change. However, very little is known about the relationship between physical activity and subjective memory impairment (SMI) in this population. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between physical activity and SMI and longitudinally test a model examining the role of self-efficacy, fatigue and distress as potential mediators. METHODS: Post-treatment breast cancer survivors (N = 1477) completed measures of physical activity, self-efficacy, distress (depression, concerns about recurrence, perceived stress, anxiety), fatigue and SMI at baseline and 6-month follow-up...
July 8, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Suzanna M Zick, Ananda Sen, Gwen K Wyatt, Susan L Murphy, J Todd Arnedt, Richard E Harris
Importance: Fatigue is a common and debilitating late-term effect of breast cancer that is associated with poor sleep and decreased quality of life, yet therapies remain limited. Acupressure has reduced fatigue in previous small studies, but rigorous clinical trials are needed. Objectives: To investigate if 6 weeks of 2 types of self-administered acupressure improved fatigue, sleep, and quality of life vs usual care in breast cancer survivors and to determine if changes were sustained during a 4-week washout period...
July 7, 2016: JAMA Oncology
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