Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer survivors’

Is Running Better Than Walking for Breast Cancer Survival?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the International Journal of Cancer concluded that exceeding the recommendations for walking )(2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week)  for breast cancer survivors may provide greater probability of survival and that running may be better than walking.

In the study 986  breast cancer survivors were followed and walkers and 13 of the 272 runners died of breast cancer over 9 years. 33 of the 714  analyzing the two groups together a risk of breast cancer mortalituy decreased an average of 24% per metabolic equivalent (MET) hours per day of exercise, where one MET hours equals a little less than a mile of brisk walking or about two-thirds of a mile of running.

Looking at the runners and walkers separately, there was significantly less mortality in those who ran than th0se who walked. The runners risk for breast cancer mortality decreased over 40% per MET hour per day and those that averaged over 2 and a quarter miles per day were about 95% lower risk for breast cancer mortality than those that did not meet the recommended for exercise. In contract, the walkers risk for breast cancer mortality decreased 5% per MET hour per day that was not significant.

Researche4rs cautioned that the numbers of subjects in the study were small so results should be viewed cautiously but do believe exceeding the recommendations for exercise do reduce risk of breast cancer mortality and than running may be better than walking. He said }”If I were a breast cancer survivor, I would certainly consider running or some other vigorous exercise over walking. and I wouldn’t just be doing the minimum, with the consequences and potential benefit being so great.”

New Way to Detect Breast-Cancer Related Lymphedema.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


A new study reported in Lymphology discusses a new way to detect breast-cancer related lymphedema that is one of the most feared outcomes of breast cancer treatment and a condition that affects the lymphatic system and causes psychosocial distress and physical challenges for patients. The researchers believe that because low frequency electrical current cannot travel through cell membranes, using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) ratios to assess lymphedema could provide a direct measure of lymph fluid outside the cells. This allows for a more accurate assessment of lymphedema using a Lymphedema Index named L-Dex ratio. The objective of the study was to evaluate the reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of a cross-sectional assessment of BIA in detecting lymphedema in a large metropolitan clinical setting.

Data was collected on 250 women that included healthy adult females, breast cancer survivors with lymphedema and women at risk of lymphedema. They demonstrated that survivors with lymphedema had significantly higher L-Dex ratios showing the possibiliuty of using BIA to discriminate between these three cohorts of women. The researchers said “Our study also demonstrates that using a more sensitive L-Dex cutoff point, allowed for BIA to catch 34% of the usually missed lymphedema cases.” “This allows for earlier treatment, which naturally leads to better outcomes for at-risk patients.”  “Given that all women who are treated for breast cancer are at risk for lymphedema, using assessment methods that can accurately identify true lymphedema cases among at-risk breast cancer survivors is of ultimate importance for clinical practice.”

Outcome of Physical Limitations on Long Term Survival of Breast Cancer Survivors

Friday, October 1st, 2010


In a new study published in the online Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers concluded that basic physical limitations after breast cancer treatment may affect the individuals length of survival. They found that breast cancer survivors who had functional limitations defined as an inability to perform normal daily activities as a result of their disease or its treatment were more likely to die of overall poorer health despite having the same risk of dying as other breast cancer survivors without limitations. Functional limitations that affected up to 39% of the survivors in this study were more often seen in obese breast cancer patients or older women. With changes in habits that allowed more physical activity their health and length of survival might be improved.
Impairments studied were motion, strength and dexterity and included activities such as an inability to kneel, lift items heavier than 10 pounds, handle small objects, stand in place, sit for long periods, walk up and down stairs or walk two or more city blocks. The researchers believe that developing interventions to improve physical functions such as walking around the block, carrying a heavy bag of grocery or rising easily from a chair might reduce the harmful outcomes.

In this study 2,202 women with breast cancer were questioned about endurance, strength, muscular range of motion, and small muscle dexterity after having treatment with chemotherapy, radiation, hormone replacement or other therapy. They were followed for up to 11 years. Outcomes differed depending upon the disease stage and those with localized cancer had higher rates of non-breast cancer deaths due to functional limitations than those with more advanced disease. Researchers believed the sample may have been biased to include more older and obese women in the localize group who tolerate treatment less well accounting for these findings. However, they conclude “women with functional limitations ……..would likely benefit from interventions to reduce their limitations and increase physical activities.”

Four Breast Cancer Survivors Interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie on the Holistic Health Show on June 6

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

My four interviews last night on the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio ( were with 4 cancer survivors pictured above from left to right-Carolyn Gross, Linda Andersen, Heather Hose, and Lauren Miller. Since recovery they have been involved in helping others through lecturing, writing, and counseling. Activities for each one was presented earlier and are presented in the streaming button below. Additional information can be found at: Carolyn Gross-
Linda; Heather; and Lauren Miller-

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