Thesis Defense Announcement

School of Health Studies announces the Final Thesis Defense of

Brittany Edwards

for the Degree of Master of Science

March 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Elma Neal Roane Fieldhouse 

Advisor: Melissa Puppa

Effects of Exercise Environment on Quality of Life and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors

ABSTRACT: The primary goal of this study was to determine if an eight-week exercise intervention can improve quality of life and decrease fatigue in breast cancer survivors. The exercise intervention was uniquely designed to foster learning and improve the self-efficacy of the study subject. The first four weeks of the study encompassed learning to format an exercise routine around the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine (1) and learning basic exercises. The final two weeks of the intervention involved the subject implementing their own unique routine with the supervision of the lead investigator. The outcome measures include a quality of life survey, 6-minute walk test, and fatigue severity survey. The results of the fatigue severity survey showed an almost five-point increase in fatigue. The quality of life survey had a sixty-one percent improvement or best outcomes and twenty-two percent worsening. Improved learning and self-efficacy were found in this study.