Physical activity and fitness in women with metastatic breast cancer

J. Yee, G.M. Davis, J.M. Beith, N. Wilcken, D. Currow, Jon Emery, J. Phillips, A. Martin, R. Hui, M. Harrison, E. Segelov, S.L. Kilbreath

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    PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore differences in physical activity and fitness between women with metastatic breast cancer compared to healthy controls and factors associated with their physical activity levels. METHODS: Seventy-one women with metastatic breast cancer, aged (mean (SD)) 57.7 (9.5) and 2.9 (3.1) years after the onset of metastatic disease, and 71 healthy controls aged 55.0 (9.4) years participated. Of those with metastatic disease, 27% had bone-only metastases, 35% visceral-only metastases and 38% bone and visceral metastases. Patient-reported outcomes and physical measures of muscle strength and aerobic fitness assessments were obtained. Participants wore a SenseWear® physical activity monitor over 7 days, and the average steps/day and the time spent in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity were determined. RESULTS: Women with metastases were significantly (i) less aerobically fit than the control group (25.3 (5.4) vs. 31.9 (6.1) mL • kg(-1) • min(-1); P 
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)647-656
    JournalJournal of cancer survivorship : research and practice
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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