Physical activity and psychosocial benefits among breast cancer patients
Article first published online: 15 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 10, pages 2193–2199, October 2013
How to Cite
Pinto, B. M., Dunsiger, S. and Waldemore, M. (2013), Physical activity and psychosocial benefits among breast cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 22: 2193–2199. doi: 10.1002/pon.3272
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 15 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 22 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 7 AUG 2012
- American Cancer Society. Grant Number: RSGPB-03-243-01-PBP
- Rays of Hope
- breast cancer;
- physical activity;
Physical activity (PA) has been shown to provide health benefits for breast cancer patients. The effects of augmenting oncology healthcare provider (HCP) advice for PA with 3 months of telephone counseling versus contact control were evaluated in a randomized trial. Our goal in this secondary analysis was to examine the amount of PA (min/week) needed for psychosocial benefits among both groups.
After receiving brief HCP advice to become physically active, 192 women (age in years: mean = 60.0, SD = 9.9) who had completed treatment for Stage 0–IV breast cancer were randomized to telephone counseling to support PA (n = 106) or contact control (n = 86). Their PA, fatigue, physical functioning, and quality of life were assessed at baseline (before receiving HCP advice), 3, 6, and 12 months. A non-randomized design was used to examine the dose–response relationship between PA and psychosocial outcomes.
Exercising for at least 150 min/week at moderate intensity was associated with improved physical functioning (b = 5.9, SE = 2.9, p = 0.04) and quality of life (b = 3.6, SE = 1.9, p = 0.05) at 3 months. These relationships were not found at 6 and 12 months (p's > 0.05). However, women who reported at least 150 min/week of PA at both 3 and 6 months had significantly reduced fatigue (b = 1.3, SE = 0.7, p = 0.05) and improved physical functioning (b = 3.1, SE = 1.3, p = 0.02) and quality of life (b = 2.0, SE = 0.9, p = 0.02) compared with women who did not meet this criterion.
Women who exercised at recommended levels (at least 150 min/week) and sustained this level of activity for at least 6 months accrued psychosocial benefits. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.