Title

Association between physical activity and quality of life among Western Australian breast cancer survivors

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

RAS ID

4860

Comments

This article was originally published as: Milne, H. M., Gordon, S., Guilfoyle, A., Wallman, K. E., & Courneya, K. S. (2007). Association between physical activity and quality of life among Western Australian breast cancer survivors. Psycho‐Oncology, 16(12), 1059-1068. Original article available here

Abstract

Previous research has shown that physical activity (PA) may be beneficial to quality of life (QoL) in breast cancer survivors. Few studies however, have focused on the time period soon after the completion of adjuvant therapy or examined exercise issues separately for rural/urban or healthy weight/obese breast cancer survivors. Our study addressed these issues. Breast cancer survivors (N = 558) from the Western Australia Cancer Registry completed a survey that included the Godin Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ) and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B) scale. Results showed that only 31% of breast cancer survivors were meeting the recommended PA guidelines post-treatment. Analysis of variance revealed that survivors meeting these guidelines reported higher scores on the FACT-B (mean difference 8.6; 95% CI = 5.0–12.1; pppp = 0.058) and the breast cancer subscale (p = 0.033). There were no differences based on geographic location. We conclude that physically active and healthy weight breast cancer survivors report better QoL than their inactive and obese counterparts soon after completing adjuvant therapy.

DOI

10.1002/pon.1211

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1002/pon.1211