COGNITION AND FUNCTIONALITY IN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS UNDERGOING HORMONE THERAPY
Palavras-chave:Breast Neoplasms, Cognition, Physical Functional Performance
The study aimed to describe the cognitive function and the functional capacity of breast cancer survivors who practice physical exercise. Eight women diagnosed with stages I-III breast cancer participated in this study. Cognitive tests were applied to assess overall cognitive function, processing speed, executive function, and attention. The women in the present study were 64.5 ± 4.8 years old, had a body mass index of 32.6 ± 5.4 kg.m-2, and had 10.0 ± 3.5 years of schooling. The results showed a preserved performance in the MSSE questionnaire and verbal fluency test in older women diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, with obesity, who have been exercising for approximately 2.5 years. On the other hand, they presented a lower performance in the cognitive Trail Making Test and the functional tests than the normative values in the literature, indicating an impaired attention, processing speed, cognitive flexibility, and low functional capacity.
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