Title and Descriptors




Type of Intervention



P. Corme et al.

Title: Is it safe and efficacious for women with lymphedema secondary to breast cancer to lift heavy weights during exercise: a randomised controlled trial.

Descriptors: Resistance exercise; Weight-lifting; Lymphedema; Breast câncer; Dose–response relationship.


Journal of Cancer Survivorship, Volume 7, número 3, páginas 413 a 424.

N-Total: 62

Characteristic: Women surviving breast cancer (BC), with a clinical diagnosis of lymphedema secondary to CM of at least 1 year before the study. Average age: not informed.


i) high-load exercises between 75% and 85% of 1 RM (n = 22);

ii) low-load resistance exercises between 55% and 65% of 1RM (n = 21);

iii) habitual care or control group (n = 19).

Characteristic: High load resistance exercise, versus low load resistance exercise, versus the usual care for the treatment of lymphedema secondary to breast cancer.

Total duration: 3 months. Duration of sessions: not informed.

Weekly charge: 60 min.

Process: Started with 10 min. – heating; and ended with 5 min.-Aerobic low intensity plus stretching.

Exercises: Straight bench press, front pull, lateral elevation, direct thread, triceps extension, cuff thread, knee extension, and squat.

Degree of lymphedema between groups: There was no difference in swelling.

Severity of symptoms among groups:There was no difference in swelling.

In relation to the control group, both of the intervention groups obtained:

+ Quality of life;

+ Physical function;

+ Emotional function;

+ Social function;

+ Strength;

+ Muscular Endurance; + functionality.

Women survivors of breast cancer with lymphedema can lift high loads during resistance exercise to the upper body, without fear of exacerbation of lymphedema or increased severity of symptoms.

J. Schmitt et al.


A 3-week multimodal intervention involving high-intensity interval training in female cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial.


Cancer survivors; cardiorespiratory fitness; energy expenditure; exercise; rehabilitation; sense wear.


Physiological Reports, volume 4, número 3.

N-Total: 28

Characteristic: Women surviving breast cancer (BC)


i) Hiit (n=14);

ii) Low to moderate intensity exercises (n = 14).

Average age:

Group I) ± 53.8;

Group II) ± 54.9.

Group monitoring: heart rate was monitored telemetrically

(Polar, FS1c, Polar Oy, Kempele, Finlândia).

Characteristic: Multimodal rehabilitation with HIIT and low to moderate intensity exercises.

Total Duration: 3 weeks. Duration of sessions: Group I) 12 minutes; Group II) 75 minutes.

Weekly load:

Group I) 3 HIIT sessions (separated by at least 24 h); Group II) 2 sessions per week.

Process: Group I) Heating of 5 min. To 70% of the peak heart rate; Group II) performed the exercises at 60% of the heart rate peak.

Exercises: Group I) outdoor race (paved track), being 1 min to 95% of the peak heart rate for 2 min. slow interval; Group II) outdoor hiking and biking.

Group I):

≤ run time;

≤ body fat;

° There were no alterations in total body mass and muscle mass;

+ Quality of life;

≤ fatigue;

+ Physical function;

+ Emotional function;

+ Social function.

Group II):

≥ lead time;

+ Muscle mass;

° There were no alterations in body fat;

° better maximum oxygen consumption;

+ Quality of life;

≤ fatigue;

+ Physical function;

+ Emotional function;

+ Social function.

HIIT can be performed by female breast cancer survivors, with no adverse health effects.