Tolerable word load in breast cancer patients after surgery

P. Capodaglio, M. R. Strada, E. Lodola, C. Grilli, M. Panigazzi, G. Bazzini, G. Bernardo

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Scientific and technological advances have significantly improved the survival rate and life expectancy for the cancer patient, thereby increasing the number of those who might benefit from rehabilitation. In the present study, we propose an objective evaluation test designed to predict endurance capacity in breast cancer patients after surgery. The study subjects were 23 women referred to our unit two months after radical breast surgery. Prior to our evaluation, all of the patients had received early rehabilitation treatment, consisting of mobilization and therapeutic exercises. We performed the following functional evaluations: Constant Scale for Shoulder function and instrumental tests of daily/occupational upper limb activities. Patients performed three tests at different intensities ('moderate', 'somewhat hard' and 'hard', on Borg's 10-point scale), which defined an area in a power/duration reference system which represented the individual tolerance threshold to prolonged exercise without pain or discomfort. After the first evaluation, our patients were encouraged to return to levels of daily physical activities matching the individual tolerable work load defined in the task simulations. This provided a basis on which to 'prescribe' the intensity and duration of daily physical activities at home or work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Breast neoplasms rehabilitation
  • Physical capacity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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