Aerobic training in breast cancer survivor – case report

Andréa Dias Reis, Francival Leite de Souza, Bianca Trovello Ramallo, Maísa Carvalho Rezende Soares, Florentino Assenço Alves Filho, Isadora Pinheiro Laranjeira, João Batista Santos Garcia, Francisco Navarro

Abstract


Aims: To report the evolution of a breast cancer survivor after an eight-week aerobic training program.

Case Description: A 47-year-old breast cancer patient, submitted to mastectomy about five years before, followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy, was submitted to aerobic training on cycle ergometer and treadmill for eight weeks, two sessions per week, with gradual increase in training volume. Cardiorespiratory capacity, static strength, upper body mobility, level of physical activity, and body composition were assessed before and after the training protocol. The patient demonstrated improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction, decrement of heart rate at rest and during exercise, and increase in shoulder range of motion and in physical activity level. A reduction of visceral fat was also observed. There was no improvement in muscle strength or in maximum capacity of oxygen use.

Conclusions: This case report describes improvements in cardiorespiratory capacity, in shoulder range of motion, in the level of physical activity, and in body composition, after an eight-week aerobic training (two weekly sessions), in a breast cancer patient who had undergone mastectomy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Keywords


breast neoplasms; exercise therapy; aerobic exercise.

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