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Associations of leisure-time physical activity with quality of life in a large, population-based sample of colorectal cancer survivors

Lynch, Brigid M., Cerin, Ester, Owen, Neville and Aitken, Joanne F. 2007, Associations of leisure-time physical activity with quality of life in a large, population-based sample of colorectal cancer survivors, Cancer causes and control, vol. 18, no. 7, pp. 735-742, doi: 10.1007/s10552-007-9016-6.

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Title Associations of leisure-time physical activity with quality of life in a large, population-based sample of colorectal cancer survivors
Author(s) Lynch, Brigid M.
Cerin, Ester
Owen, Neville
Aitken, Joanne F.
Journal name Cancer causes and control
Volume number 18
Issue number 7
Start page 735
End page 742
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-09
ISSN 0957-5243
1573-7225
Keyword(s) colorectal cancer
physical activity
quality of life
Summary Objective : To examine the associations between physical activity and quality of life for colorectal cancer survivors; and to describe the associations of medical and sociodemographic attributes with overall quality of life, and their moderating effects on the relationships between physical activity and quality of life.

Methods : Telephone interviews were conducted with 1,996 colorectal cancer survivors recruited through the Queensland Cancer Registry. Data were collected on current quality of life; leisure-time physical activity pre- and post-diagnosis; cancer treatment and side-effects; and general sociodemographic attributes. Hierarchical generalized linear models identified variables significantly associated with quality of life.

Results : After controlling for sociodemographic variables, disease-specific variables, treatment side-effects, and pre-diagnosis leisure-time physical activity, there were significant differences in quality of life scores by post-diagnosis physical activity category. Compared to participants who were inactive after their diagnosis, those who were sufficiently active had a 17.0% higher total quality of life score. Physical activity also had a significant independent positive association with the physical well-being, functional well-being, and additional concerns subscales of the FACT-C.

Conclusions : Our findings demonstrate that quite modest changes in leisure-time physical activity are associated with quality of life. Colorectal cancer survivors may benefit from a more active lifestyle.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10552-007-9016-6
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055865

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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