Reading this OncoReads Self-Study course will provide learners the understanding between cancer related fatigue, fall risk, and decline in physical function in patients who have undergone breast cancer treatment.

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Dr. Lisa Wood is a nurse scientist and Professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. I have been fortunate over the past decade to develop an interdisciplinary program of research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of fatigue and related symptoms in cancer. Using cell-based systems and animals models my group was able to investigate how commonly used anti-cancer drugs trigger inflammation and to understand the consequence of this chemo-induced inflammation on behavioral outcomes. This work built upon my doctoral training in molecular and cellular biology and post-doctoral training in cancer biology and ran parallel to clinical studies in which we examined the relationship between fatigue severity and inflammation in cancer patients undergoing treatment. Dr. Wood has been principal investigator on several funded research grants including grants from the American Cancer Society and NIH which have focused on understanding the potential mechanisms of cancer treatment-related fatigue. Dr. Wood has worked closely with Co-Author Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone, for several years.

Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone, is an exercise scientist and the Elnora Thompson Distinguished Professor in the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing. She is also co-director of the Knight Community Partnership Program and co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. As a scientist, Dr. Winters-Stone’s research focuses on the effects of cancer treatment on musculoskeletal health and cancer recurrence risk and the ability of exercise to improve health and longevity in cancer survivors. She has received funding for her work from the National Cancer Institute, National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Livestrong, and Movember Foundations. She has also co-led the update of the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors, to be released in October 2019. The long-term goal of her research is to develop prescriptive exercise programs for cancer survivors that meets their needs and preferences, optimizes their health outcomes, and provides the support and encouragement they need to stay active so that they can live better and longer with cancer.

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  1. The learner will be able to report appropriate outcome measures used to measure fatigue and physical performance in patients with breast cancer and report what classifies as clinically significant fatigue.
  2. The learner will be able to identify patient risk factors, following breast cancer treatment, linked to increased falls.
  3. The learner will be able to translate evidence from this study into the clinic and community for functional application.

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