Online, Tailored Exercise Program Improves Life Quality for Breast Cancer Patients in Study

Online, Tailored Exercise Program Improves Life Quality for Breast Cancer Patients in Study
A new online platform that provides breast cancer patients with physical "telerehabilitation" may help to improve their quality of life by easing lingering symptoms related to the disease and its treatment, including, pain, fatigue, and reduced muscle strength. The study describing the platform and its effects in breast cancer survivors was published in Cancer, and is titled "Telehealth system: A randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of an internet-based exercise intervention on quality of life, pain, muscle strength, and fatigue in breast cancer survivors." It suggests that telerahabilitation can be an effective part of cancer care. Improvements in breast cancer treatment are not necessarily accompanied by quality of life improvements among cancer survivors, studies have shown, with patients often reporting that treatments negatively affect their daily lives. Physical activity seems to provide health benefits, suggesting that exercise-based rehabilitation programs should be included in cancer care. But several barriers, including distance from a rehabilitation  center, time restraints and cost considerations limit wide implementation of these programs. Technological advancements  can help overcome such barriers. Researchers with the University of Granada (UGR) and nearby hospitals developed a telerehabilitation system, called e-CUIDATE (cuídate mean to "take care"), that has yielded promising results in breast cancer survivors
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2 comments

  1. Grace Campbell says:

    This is added to the growing body of literature documenting associations between physical activity and improvements in symptoms and functioning in cancer patients. However, “physical activity” is NOT “rehabilitation.” Rehabilitation is skilled intervention aimed at treating specific impairments such as lymphedema, balance impairments, plexopathies, executive cognitive impairments, and so on. Physical activity and rehabilitation are both important in cancer survivorship care, but we need to be careful to not use the terms interchangeably.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Thank you Grace for your comment. You are absolutely right that physical activity and rehab are different things in themselves. Thank you for pointing out our editorial mistake.

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