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Does Exercise Change Quality of life in Patients with Breast Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy? A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Author Khajehaminian MR, Taleghani F, Mozayan M, Mirhoseini H, Pourrashidi Boshrabadi A,Bidaki R,
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 1046-1051
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 11
Issue Date December 01, 2013
Publishing Date December 01, 2013
Keywords Breast Cancer, Chemotherapy, Quality of life, Exercise, Intervention, psychological Declaration of interest: There is no conflict of interest among authors and ethical committee has approved this study.


Chemotherapy is used as the most common therapeutic method in breast cancer. Despite of some therapeutic effects, this approach can create potentially some side effects that can decline the quality of life of patients. This research was conducted to describe the effects of exercise on quality of life (On various aspects) of patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. This is a clinical trial study in which 60 patients undergoing chemotherapy due to breast cancer at Imam Reza Chemotherapy clinic in Seyyed Alshohada Hospital of Isfahan were selected and assigned to intervention and control groups (group A & B). At the start, the questionnaire including demographic information and quality of life were filled in by the participants. The A group adopted a 6 weeks exercise intervention whereas no intervention for the other group. Then after completion of exercise program, both of the groups filled up the quality of life questionnaire again. Data were compared statistically. The mean score comparison of the participants' quality of life pre& post study indicated a significant difference between the groups in aspect of physical (p = 0.001), psychological (p = 0.005), social (p = 0.006) and total score of quality of life (p = 0.001). The finding also indicated lack of significant difference in mean score of spiritual aspect of QOL between A&B groups. Adopting exercise activities in patients with breast cancer is a beneficial intervention that brought change in emotional, social, spiritual and physical aspects of QoL in these patients.

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