Title

Role of exercise in management of symptom experience and function for breast cancer survivors in Kenya

Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Professor Rob Newton

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Daniel Galvao

Abstract

This thesis encompasses a brief introduction (Chapter 1), an overview of the status of breast cancer in Kenya (Chapter 2), two literature reviews examining the available literature on exercise for breast cancer and lymphedema (Chapters 3 and 4), and four experimental chapters (5 to 8) including: a cross-sectional study on physical, functional and symptom experience of breast cancer patients and survivors in Kenya; a randomised controlled trial on the effects of high vs low intensity resistance exercise in breast cancer survivors with lymphedema; a four-month follow-up on lymphedema status, physical and functional performance and patient rated outcomes from a randomised controlled trial of exercise training in breast cancer survivors; and finally a randomised controlled trial examining perceptions of fatigue, quality of life and changes to physiological function in delayed versus immediate exercise for breast cancer survivors scheduled for radiation therapy.

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