Exercise Improves Advanced Breast Cancer Patients’ Heart Function, Quality of Life, Study Shows

Exercise Improves Advanced Breast Cancer Patients’ Heart Function, Quality of Life, Study Shows
Tailored exercise plans that include aerobic and resistance training can benefit patients with advanced breast cancer, improving their heart function and quality of life while reducing their fatigue and pain, a study shows. Previous research had shown that exercise helps breast cancer patients who are at the initial stages of their disease. This was the first study to show that it helps advanced breast cancer patients as well. University of Porto researchers presented the study's findings at the Advanced Breast Cancer ESO-ESMO International Consensus Conference in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, Nov. 2-4. The presentation was titled “Effects of exercise on cardiovascular fitness and quality of life outcomes in advanced breast cancer patients.” The research dealt with exercise's ability to help women being treated for breast cancer that had spread to other parts of their body. "While the benefits of exercise are generally well established, we know very little about its effects in patients with advanced breast cancer,” Dr. Eduardo Oliveira, a physiology professor at the university, said in a press release. “These are women who may be suffering from severe pain and fatigue that make it difficult to live a normal life. It may also be difficult for them to begin an exercise program without help and support.” Oliveira is also an exercise specialist at Porto's Mama Help breast cancer support center. The study included 15 women, aged 34 to 68, who had not engaged in regular phys
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