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|Leclerc Anne-France, Kaux Jean-François, Crielaard Jean-Michel, Foidart Marguerite, Bury Thierry, Deflandre Dorian, Coucke Philippe, Lifrange Eric, Devos Martine, Jerusalem Guy and Maquet Didier|
|University of Liege, Belgium|
|Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Cancer Sci Ther|
|Some studies suggest that physical inactivity contributes to the onset or recurrence of chronic diseases, including cancer, and others demonstrate the benefits of regular physical activity on quality of life and physical and mental health. The aim of our trial was to determine the influence of a multidisciplinary post-breast cancer rehabilitation program on physical activity practices and lifestyle. 209 patients were included into a control group (n=106) and an experimental group (n=103). The control group has received no intervention unlike the experimental group that participated at a three months program which comprised three physical training sessions and one psycho-educational session every week. All participants have answered a self-administered questionnaire (FPACQ) assessing the physical activity level, and this at the beginning, at the end of the program and after six months. At the end of the experimentation, the results demonstrate a significant improvement (p<0.0001) of time spent in physical activities and in energy expenditure within the experimental group while no significant change occurs within the control group and these results remain after six months. At three months, 82% of participants in the experimental group practice at least one sport, compared with 58% in the control group and finally, within the two groups, the most listed physical activities are walking and gymnastics. This study demonstrates the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach in women treated for breast cancer on their behavior faced with physical activities. The trial encourages its integration in the follow-up of patients to limit the chronicity of the affection.|
Leclerc Anne-France is a PhD student at the University of Liège (Belgium) for two years. In 2013, she completed her Master's degree in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at the University of Liège. She practices Physiotherapy in the context of Oncological Rehabilitation in the University Hospital Center of Liège and continues her research in this field in order to present her thesis during the next academic year.
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