Exercise following breast cancer – how important is it?Name : Dr. Sandi Hayes
Affliation : Professor
University : Queensland University of Technology
Country : USA
Breast cancer is a leading cancer cause of burden, contributing to significant number of healthy life years lost. The current model of cancer care is focused on disease treatment followed by ongoing cancer recurrence surveillance. However, as breast cancer survival continues to increase, so too does our need to understand treatment-related concerns, and to identify safe, effective, evidence-based strategies to improve the quality and quantity of survival. Breast cancer and its associated treatment are associated with a myriad of adverse physical and psychosocial effects. Despite major advances in breast cancer treatment that have contributed to less invasive and more targeted treatment, treatment-related impairments remain common and persist into longer-term survivorship. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these impairments to go unrecognized and untreated until they reach levels that significantly influence function, quality of life and potentially survival.
Professor Sandi Hayes is a Principal Research Fellow within the School of Public Health, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology and co-leads QUT Improving Health Outcomes for People.
Professor Hayes’ research experience and interests relate to understanding recovery following cancer treatment. Her work has a particular focus on improving understanding of lymphoedema (swelling) caused by cancer treatment, as well as understanding the role of exercise in ‘bridging the gap’ between treatment cessation and the return to ‘normal’ daily lives for cancer survivors.