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Medicina dello Sport 2019 June;72(2):295-304

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.19.03530-0

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Dancing with health: a new dance protocol to improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors

Claudia CERULLI , Attilio PARISI, Massimo SACCHETTI, Eliana TRANCHITA, Arianna MURRI, Carlo MINGANTI, Emanuela CIMINELLI, Laura BELLOFIORE, Elisa GRAZIOLI

Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy


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BACKGROUND: Dancing with Health (DWH) is a project cofinanced by the ERASMUS+ SPORT program of the European Union with the aim of promoting a dance protocol adapted to breast cancer survivors, after evaluating its effectiveness on their quality of life. The project involves a partnership consisting of five countries: Italy, UK, Netherlands, Lithuania and Bulgaria. The dance protocol (designed by Carolyn Smith, a famous professional dancer) was designed specifically to induce psychological and physiological benefits to the patients. It can be considered as a low/moderate intensity physical activity with the added value of being fun, socializing thereby ensuring a broad participation and a minimum drop-out.
METHODS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of this protocol on physical fitness and quality of life in breast cancer survivors, 14 patients (48.3±5.2) were enrolled in each country. All subjects were involved in a 4 months training program consisting of 32 ballroom dance lessons, twice a week. Each lesson was dived in three phases: 10/15 min. of warm-up, 60 min. of activity, 10/15 min. of cool-down. To evaluate the exercise effect on functional parameters all patients were tested for cardiorespiratory fitness (six-minute walk test) and several functional capacities (i.e. hand grip test, 30s sit-to-stand, Scratch Test). Quality of life and fatigue were also evaluated (EORTC-QLQ C30 and EORTC-QLQ FA12 questionnaires). Data were collected twice, at the beginning and at the end of the training program.
RESULTS: Preliminary results suggest that DWH protocol has positive effects either on psychological well-being and physiological parameters, enhancing quality of life of breast cancer survivors.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study could generate new evidence for the effect of an innovative dancing protocol on these patients and propose a new engaging way of rehabilitation after cancer.


KEY WORDS: Breast neoplasms; Cancer survivors; Dancing

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