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Variances Between Men and Women in Regard to Exercise for Cancer Related Fatigue

Andrea Branas, PT, MSE, MPT, CLT

February 19, 2014

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Are there any differences between men and women in regard to response to exercise for cancer related fatigue?

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The NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) guidelines are general and are not just in regard to breast cancer survivors.  I do not think there are any notable differences between men and women in regard to responsiveness to exercise for cancer related fatigue.  We typically find that both men and women are getting a benefit from exercise.  In fact, men who have prostate cancer and who are undergoing androgen-deprivation therapy are getting a huge benefit from exercise, because the androgen deprivation causes muscle wasting.   These patients really do well with resistance exercise.  


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Andrea Branas, PT, MSE, MPT, CLT

Andrea Branas is a lead physical therapist at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia, PA.  Andrea works in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania Health System providing patient care, education, leadership and training in the area of cancer rehabilitation.  Andrea’s areas of clinical expertise include lymphedema, pelvic floor rehabilitation, breast cancer rehabilitation and exercise for cancer related fatigue. In her current role, Andrea uses her expertise to help cancer survivors reach their physical potential by promoting rehabilitation starting at the time of cancer diagnosis.  She is currently a collaborator on an NIH Funded Dissemination grant to look at strength training for survivors of breast cancer.   Andrea has served as a guest lecturer for women’s health and cancer content at Arcadia and Widener Universities and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey DPT programs. Andrea received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 1998 and her Master’s of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.  She is currently working towards her transition DPT at Arcadia University. 


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