Testing an intervention for preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors

Nancy Lauraine Waltman, Janice J Twiss, Carol D. Ott, Gloria Jean Gross, Ada M. Lindsey, Timothy Eisdell Moore, Kris Berg

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Purpose: To test a 12-month multicomponent intervention for preventing or treating osteoporosis in 21 postmenopausal women who had completed treatment (except Tamoxifen) for breast cancer, and for whom hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was contraindicated. Design: Pilot intervention study. Methods: The intervention consisted of home-based strength and weight training exercises, 5 or 10 mg alendronate per day, 1500 mg calcium per day, 400 IU vitamin D per day, education on osteoporosis, and facilitative strategies to promote adherence to the intervention. Outcome measures were: adherence to the intervention, dynamic balance, muscle strength, and bone mineral density (BMD) of the hip, spine, and forearm. Findings and Conclusions: Adherence to calcium, vitamin D, and alendronate therapy was above 95%, and adherence to strength training exercises was above 85%. Over the 12 months, the 21 participants had significant improvements in dynamic balance, muscle strength for hip flexion, hip extension, and knee flexion, and BMD of the spine and hip. Participants had a significant decrease in BMD of the forearm. Three of the 21 women who had measurable bone loss at baseline had normal BMD after 12 months of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-338
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Bone Density
Survivors
Hip
Breast Neoplasms
Alendronate
Resistance Training
Muscle Strength
Forearm
Vitamin D
Osteoporosis
Spine
Exercise
Calcium
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Tamoxifen
Knee
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Education
Weights and Measures

Keywords

  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Osteoporosis
  • Strength training exercises

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  • Nursing(all)

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Testing an intervention for preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors. / Waltman, Nancy Lauraine; Twiss, Janice J; Ott, Carol D.; Gross, Gloria Jean; Lindsey, Ada M.; Moore, Timothy Eisdell; Berg, Kris.

In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Vol. 35, No. 4, 01.01.2003, p. 333-338.

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