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Mental Health and Quality of Life Perception of Surviving Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study

Sports and Exercise Medicine Center, University of Florence, 50100 Florence, Italy
Regional Reference Centre, Critical Relational Area, AOU Careggi, 50141 Florence, Italy
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Musumeci
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1(3), 322-327;
Received: 28 April 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 26 August 2016 / Published: 1 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tailored Exercise in Patients with Chronic Diseases)
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Quality of life (QoL) is one of the most important factors for cancer patients related to survival. Literature supports the role of physical exercise as therapy for improving QoL in this category. This study aims to verify the impact of an unsupervised physical activity program at moderate intensity in this field. Fourteen breast and colon cancer patients, aged 63 ± 15, were prescribed a program of unsupervised exercise for at least six months. They were administered the SF36 questionnaire at the beginning of the program and after six months, to evaluate QoL parameters. Significant improvements in PF (physical functioning) and RP (role physical) (T0: 78.9; T6: 79.2; T0: 53.6; T6: 73.3), mental health role (T0: 54.6 ± 19.53; T6: 55.7) and RE (role emotional) (T0: 54.7; T6: 73.8), with a decrease particularly in pain perception (T0: 21.8; T6: 17.1), were found. A significant decrease in the intake of calories was also evident. In this study unsupervised exercise programs were seen to significantly improve QoL perception in a short time, considerably decreasing metabolic risk factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: quality of life; metabolic chronic diseases; exercise as prescription quality of life; metabolic chronic diseases; exercise as prescription

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Stefani, L.; Rotelli, M.; Frulli, A.; Amoroso, L.; Belloni, L.; Galanti, G. Mental Health and Quality of Life Perception of Surviving Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1, 322-327.

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