Effect of respiratory muscle training in breast cancer


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Effectiveness of respiratory muscle training in breast cancer survivors on symptoms of dyspnea 

Breast cancer patients experience various symptoms after treatment, including dyspnea. This study will investigate whether additional inspiratory muscle training (IMT) can further reduce symptoms of dyspnea during a general rehabilitation program. All patients participating in the Kanactief Rehabilitation program between May 2018 and January 2019 will be screened for participation based on maximum inspiratory muscle strength and symptoms of dyspnea. They will be randomized into an intervention group (rehabilitation + IMT; n=10) and a control group (rehabilitation only; n=10). The primary outcomes are the difference in dyspnea intensity perception (on a 10-point Borg scale) during constant work rate (CWR) cycling exercise and changes in dyspnea symptoms during daily life (Transitional dyspnea index (TDI) questionnaire). Respiratory muscle function, exercise capacity, and quality of dsypnea are secondary outcomes.

> CarEdOn primary researchers: Prof. Nele Devoogdt

> Research partners: Prof. Daniel Langer, Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Mrs. Lies Serrien, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospitals Leuven (Belgium)

> Funding: Internal funding of KU Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven

> Keywords: breast cancer, exercise therapy, activity management, physical activity

> Contact: nele.devoogt@kuleuven.be  

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