Women's Health

Exercise and Breast Cancer in Women

Additional studies

Along these lines, it’s noteworthy that in 2009 two Copenhagen hospitals joined together in a study to determine the effect of a “multimodal group exercise intervention” as an addition to traditional cancer treatment.

Among the factors to be assessed were “fatigue, physical capacity, general wellbeing, and quality of life for those enrolled in the study.                                        

Study participants were both male and female.

The supervised exercises included “high intensity cardiovascular and resistance training, relaxation and body awareness, and massage.”

The training schedule was for nine hours per week, over a six-week period, and was in addition to their customary oncology treatments.

Their outcome was compared to those in conventional care only.

Study results showed the exercises were a feasible feat for the cancer patients in the study and that the exercise program could be safely used in cancer patients in any stage of disease or treatment.

They found that the program “reduced fatigue and improved vitality, aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and physical and functional activity, and emotional wellbeing, but not quality of life.” (Lis Adamsen, Morten Quist, Christina Andersen, at.al)