The Physical Activity Preferences of Gynecologic Cancer Survivors

Ashley Tyrrell

Melanie R. Keats

Chris M. Blanchard

exercise, gynecologic malignancies, quality of life, survivorship
ONF 2014, 41(5), 461-469. DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.461-469

Purpose/Objectives: To identify physical activity (PA) preferences of gynecologic cancer survivors (GCSs) and to understand the reasons for them.

Design: Population-based, cross-sectional mailed survey and semistructured interviews with a subsample.

Setting: Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sample: 239 GCSs completed the survey, and 16 participated in an interview.

Methods: GCSs identified from a provincial cancer registry completed a questionnaire assessing PA preferences. Survey respondents were asked to participate in a substudy exploring PA preferences through a semistructured interview.

Main Research Variables: Self-reported PA and PA preferences.

Findings: Analyses indicated that participants were interested in a PA program. Interviews highlighted that PA counseling was highly desired and should include discussions about the benefits and appropriate amounts of PA, as well as available opportunities for PA.

Conclusions: GCSs have preferences regarding characteristics of PA discussions and programs.

Implications for Nursing: Oncology nurses are integral to the promotion of PA in GCSs. Providing oncology nurses with training opportunities to learn about PA for cancer survivors is an important consideration for cancer centers in ensuring a satisfactory experience for cancer survivors.

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