Breast cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy often experience adverse effects from their therapy. A common side effect is the development of balance problems and the increasing number of fall incidents. These effects occur within two years of chemotherapy.

The study

In order to objectively measure these side effects, the MOX physical activity monitor and other supporting validated measuring instruments have been used in this study. The MOX accelerometer was placed on the lumbosacral area, near the center of gravity. Which is a patient-friendly way to measure the imbalance. In this study, the imbalance is expressed in irregular sway, toppling and postural sway intensity.

Outcome

Different stability tests were carried out, including different dynamic and static tests. Postural stability was assessed by using the data from the MOX and the results of the validated tests. For the group that received chemotherapy, a deteriorated stability can be observed in the results. These results relate to all parameters of the dynamic and static tests. The results were examined in relation to the control group.

The MOX accelerometry tool and its data can be used independent or together with other measuring instruments in a study. If you want to explore the potential of MOX accelerometry tools to study the effects of a therapy on physical activity levels, sedentary behavior, gait analysis or balance tests please contact us!

Reference

Effects of chemotherapy process on postural balance control in patients with breast cancer. Bahcaci U, Demirbuken, I. (2019). Idian J Cancer, 56 (1), 50-53. (link)