Breast cancer: physical exercise cuts fatigue, improves physical functioning

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Takeaway
  • A physical exercise intervention reduces fatigue and improves physical functioning in patients with breast cancer, according to a meta-analysis.
Why this matters
  • Up to 99% of all patients with breast cancer suffer from fatigue during adjuvant chemotherapy that impairs physical functioning and QoL.
Study design
  • Meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials (n=3418) that met eligibility criteria after search on Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, AMED, and PEDro.
  • Funding: None disclosed.
Key results
  • A physical exercise intervention increases physical functioning (standardized mean diff...