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Women's perceptions of home-based exercise performed during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer.
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PMID:  20236860     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To describe women's perceptions of a home-based exercise intervention in which they participated while receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer.
METHODS AND SAMPLE: Participants were 8 women who were involved in a home-based exercise program while receiving 24 weeks of adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. They were asked about their exercise program every 2 weeks by telephone, and completed a feasibility and acceptability questionnaire at the end of the study. The two principal investigators performed a content analysis on the resulting data.
KEY RESULTS: Participants highly valued the exercise program. The content analysis resulted in two major categories: exercise challenges and exercise facilitators and strategies. The most common exercise challenges were side effects of chemotherapy, particularly fatigue and pain. The women overcame challenges in many ways, most notably adapting the routine, internal motivation and external support. Their comprehension of breast cancer and its treatment, reinforced by expert advice and resources on exercise, helped them develop successful strategies to maintain the exercise program.
CONCLUSIONS: In spite of challenges, women in this study perceived that a customized, flexible, home-based exercise program was beneficial while they were undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Resource material and regular guidance helped them implement strategies to maintain the exercise program.
Carolyn Ingram; Jean Wessel; Kerry S Courneya
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-03-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1532-2122     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Oncol Nurs     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-31     Completed Date:  2010-09-03     Revised Date:  2011-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100885136     Medline TA:  Eur J Oncol Nurs     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-43     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, McMaster University, 1200 Main Street West, HSC - 2J32, Hamilton, ON L8N3Z5, Canada. <>
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects*
Attitude to Health*
Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy,  psychology*,  rehabilitation
Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / adverse effects,  psychology
Exercise Therapy / organization & administration,  psychology*
Fatigue / chemically induced
Feasibility Studies
Fever / chemically induced
Home Care Services* / organization & administration
Middle Aged
Nursing Methodology Research
Pain / chemically induced
Patient Education as Topic
Qualitative Research
Women / psychology*

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