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Oncology Nursing Forum - Effects of Nia exercise in women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer

Oncology Nursing Forum - Effects of Nia exercise in women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer

Oncology Nursing Society

Date Added: October 27, 2015

By Reis D, Walsh ME, Young-McCaughan S, Jones T. | Oncology Nursing Forum :: September, 2013

"For women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, Nia can help relieve fatigue. "

Abstract: To compare a 12-week nontraditional exercise Nia program practiced at home to usual care on fatigue, quality of life (QOL), aerobic capacity, and shoulder flexibility in women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy.

22 women were randomized to the Nia group and 19 to the usual care group. Those in the Nia group were instructed to practice Nia 20-60 minutes three times per week for 12 weeks. Those in the usual care group were instructed to continue normal activities.

For women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, Nia can help relieve fatigue. Additional research in arm and shoulder mobility and preservation also may be beneficial.

Oncology nurses are in a unique position to offer suggestions to help manage fatigue, and Nia could be considered as part of a cancer survivorship program.

Exercise is beneficial for women with breast cancer, and interest is growing in nontraditional exercise options. Nia can benefit women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy.

 

Original Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23989030