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Effectiveness of an Adapted Physical Activity Protocol for Upper Extremity Recovery and Quality of Life Improvement in a Case of Seroma after Breast Cancer Treatment

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Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Section of Anatomy and Histology, University of Florence, 50134 Florence, Italy
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The Italian League against Tumors (LILT), 50126 Florence, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7727; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217727
Received: 5 October 2020 / Revised: 19 October 2020 / Accepted: 21 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Exercise and Chronic Diseases Prevention)
Growing evidence indicates that physical activity (PA) interventions may reduce upper limb function-limiting side effects of treatments and improve quality of life (QoL) of breast cancer (BC) survivors. However, the possible effectiveness of PA in cases developing seroma after BC treatment has yet to be demonstrated. Here, we describe for the first time the impact of a structured PA pathway (i.e., two cycles of eight-week adapted PA followed by eight-week adapted fitness) on upper limb disability and QoL in a peculiar case of chronic seroma as complication of reconstructive plastic surgery after left breast mastectomy and lymphadenectomy. A 56-year-old female BC survivor underwent a functional test battery (i.e., shoulder–arm mobility, range of motion, back flexibility and indirect assessment of pectoralis minor muscle) at baseline, during and after ending the structured PA pathway. Upper limb and back pain intensity and QoL were evaluated by numerical rating scale and Short Form-12 questionnaire, respectively. A relevant seroma reduction, an improvement in upper limb mobility and pain perception, and an overall increase in QoL were achieved after the structured PA intervention. Our findings suggest that an adapted PA intervention may represent an effective strategy for seroma treatment in BC survivors. View Full-Text
Keywords: adapted physical activity; breast cancer; seroma; upper limb disability; cancer survivorship; quality of life adapted physical activity; breast cancer; seroma; upper limb disability; cancer survivorship; quality of life
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Mirandola, D.; Maestrini, F.; Carretti, G.; Manetti, M.; Marini, M. Effectiveness of an Adapted Physical Activity Protocol for Upper Extremity Recovery and Quality of Life Improvement in a Case of Seroma after Breast Cancer Treatment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7727. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217727

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Mirandola D, Maestrini F, Carretti G, Manetti M, Marini M. Effectiveness of an Adapted Physical Activity Protocol for Upper Extremity Recovery and Quality of Life Improvement in a Case of Seroma after Breast Cancer Treatment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7727. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217727

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Mirandola, Daniela, Francesca Maestrini, Giuditta Carretti, Mirko Manetti, and Mirca Marini. 2020. "Effectiveness of an Adapted Physical Activity Protocol for Upper Extremity Recovery and Quality of Life Improvement in a Case of Seroma after Breast Cancer Treatment" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 7727. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217727

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