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Effects of weight training on quality of life in recent breast cancer survivors
The Weight Training for Breast Cancer Survivors (WTBS) study
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 American Cancer Society
Volume 106, Issue 9, pages 2076–2083, 1 May 2006
How to Cite
Ohira, T., Schmitz, K. H., Ahmed, R. L. and Yee, D. (2006), Effects of weight training on quality of life in recent breast cancer survivors. Cancer, 106: 2076–2083. doi: 10.1002/cncr.21829
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 7 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Received: 16 SEP 2005
- Susan G. Komen Foundation. Grant Number: BCTR0100442
- National Institutes of Health (NIH). Grant Numbers: M01-RR00400 to the UMN GCRC, T32 CA09607-15, P30 CA77398
- breast neoplasms;
- cancer survivors;
- psychological factor;
- quality of life;
- weight training
Aerobic exercise training has been shown to have beneficial effects on quality of life (QOL) in breast cancer survivors. However, the effects of weight training on psychological benefits are unknown. We sought to examine the effects of weight training on changes in QOL and depressive symptoms in recent breast cancer survivors.
A convenience sample of 86 survivors (4-36 months posttreatment) was randomized into treatment and control groups. The primary outcomes were changes in QOL (CARES short form) and depressive symptoms (CES-D) between baseline and month 6 in this randomized controlled trial.
Over 6 months the physical global QOL score improved in the treatment group compared with the control group (Standardized Difference = 0.62, P = .006). The psychosocial global score also improved significantly in the treatment group compared with the control group (Standardized Difference = 0.52, P = .02). There were no changes in CES-D scores. Increases in upper body strength were correlated with improvements in physical global score (r = 0.32; P <.01) and psychosocial global score (r = 0.30; P <.01). Increases in lean mass were also correlated with improvements in physical global score (r = 0.23; P <.05) and psychosocial global score (r = 0.24; P <.05).
Twice-weekly weight training for recent breast cancer survivors may result in improved QOL, in part via changes in body composition and strength. Cancer 2006. © 2006 American Cancer Society.