Clinically Relevant Physical Benefits of Exercise Interventions in Breast Cancer Survivors
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- Kirkham, A.A., Bland, K.A., Sayyari, S. et al. Curr Oncol Rep (2016) 18: 12. doi:10.1007/s11912-015-0496-3
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Evidence is currently limited for the effect of exercise on breast cancer clinical outcomes. However, several of the reported physical benefits of exercise, including peak oxygen consumption, functional capacity, muscle strength and lean mass, cardiovascular risk factors, and bone health, have established associations with disability, cardiovascular disease risk, morbidity, and mortality. This review will summarize the clinically relevant physical benefits of exercise interventions in breast cancer survivors and discuss recommendations for achieving these benefits. It will also describe potential differences in intervention delivery that may impact outcomes and, lastly, describe current physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors.