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Special Attention to Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Patients during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy: The DianaWeb Cohort

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Department of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, 61029 Urbino, Italy
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, 06122 Perugia, Italy
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U.O.C. Oncologia Medica, ASUR Area Vasta 1, Ospedale Santa Maria della Misericordia di Urbino, 61029 Urbino, Italy
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Department of Research, Epidemiology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Academic Editor: Franco M. Buonaguro
J. Pers. Med. 2021, 11(5), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050381
Received: 11 April 2021 / Revised: 30 April 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 6 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Challenges during COVID-19 Pandemic)
Recent evidence highlights that physical activity (PA) is associated with decreased recurrence risk, improved survival and quality of life for breast cancer (BC) patients. Our study aimed to explore patterns of increased/decreased PA, and sedentary behaviors among BC women of the DianaWeb cohort during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic, and examined the association with residential locations, work changes, different modality used to increase PA, and quality of life. The study analyzed the questionnaires completed by the 781 BC women (age 54.68 ± 8.75 years on both December 2019 and June 2020. Results showed a decrease of 22%, 57%, and 26% for walking activity, vigorous activity, and total PA, respectively. Sitting/lying time increased up to 54.2% of the subjects recruited. High quality of life was associated with lower odds of being sedentary (p = 0.003). Our findings suggest that innovative health management fostering compliance with current guidelines for PA and active behavior should be implemented, especially in unpredictable emergency conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer; COVID-19 pandemic; health management; physical activity; DianaWeb; epidemiology breast cancer; COVID-19 pandemic; health management; physical activity; DianaWeb; epidemiology
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Natalucci, V.; Villarini, M.; Emili, R.; Acito, M.; Vallorani, L.; Barbieri, E.; Villarini, A. Special Attention to Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Patients during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy: The DianaWeb Cohort. J. Pers. Med. 2021, 11, 381. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050381

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Natalucci V, Villarini M, Emili R, Acito M, Vallorani L, Barbieri E, Villarini A. Special Attention to Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Patients during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy: The DianaWeb Cohort. Journal of Personalized Medicine. 2021; 11(5):381. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050381

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Natalucci, Valentina, Milena Villarini, Rita Emili, Mattia Acito, Luciana Vallorani, Elena Barbieri, and Anna Villarini. 2021. "Special Attention to Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Patients during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy: The DianaWeb Cohort" Journal of Personalized Medicine 11, no. 5: 381. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050381

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