Current Oncology Reports

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Clinically Relevant Physical Benefits of Exercise Interventions in Breast Cancer Survivors

  • Amy A. Kirkham
  • Kelcey A. Bland
  • Sarah Sayyari
  • Kristin L. Campbell
  • Margot K. DavisEmail author
Breast Cancer (B Overmoyer, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Breast Cancer


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.


Breast cancer Exercise Aerobic Resistance Flexibility Rehabilitation Exercise prescription Peak oxygen consumption Cardiorespiratory fitness Strength Lean mass Bone mineral density Cardiovascular disease 


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Amy A. Kirkham, Kelcey A. Bland, Sarah Sayyari, Kristin L. Campbell, and Margot K. Davis declare that they have no conflict of interest

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy A. Kirkham
    • 1
  • Kelcey A. Bland
    • 1
  • Sarah Sayyari
    • 1
  • Kristin L. Campbell
    • 1
    • 2
  • Margot K. Davis
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Physical TherapyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Division of CardiologyUniversity of British Columbia, Diamond Health Care CentreVancouverCanada

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