Attitudes and Beliefs of Older Female Breast Cancer Survivors and Providers About Exercise in Cancer Care

Cynthia K. Perry, Wafaa Ali, Emma Solanki, Kerri Winters-Stone

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OBJECTIVES: To understand breast cancer survivors' and providers' attitudes and beliefs regarding exercise counseling and structured exercise programs within cancer care. SAMPLE & SETTING: 61 female breast cancer survivors and 11 breast cancer providers from a university cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. METHODS & VARIABLES: Survivors completed anonymous self-report surveys, and providers participated in semistructured interviews. Survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and interview transcripts were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. RESULTS: Breast cancer survivors and providers believed that including exercise counseling within cancer care was important. More than half of the survivors reported that they would attend structured exercise classes; a majority of providers thought cancer centers should offer exercise programs. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Nurses could facilitate exercise counseling within cancer care and advocate for clinic-based exercise programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-69
Number of pages14
JournalOncology nursing forum
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • clinic-based exercise programs
  • exercise
  • exercise counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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Attitudes and Beliefs of Older Female Breast Cancer Survivors and Providers About Exercise in Cancer Care. / Perry, Cynthia K.; Ali, Wafaa; Solanki, Emma; Winters-Stone, Kerri.

In: Oncology nursing forum, Vol. 47, No. 1, 01.01.2020, p. 56-69.

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Perry, Cynthia K. ; Ali, Wafaa ; Solanki, Emma ; Winters-Stone, Kerri. / Attitudes and Beliefs of Older Female Breast Cancer Survivors and Providers About Exercise in Cancer Care. In: Oncology nursing forum. 2020 ; Vol. 47, No. 1. pp. 56-69.
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