Exploring the effects of an exercise programme on women with breast cancer
Ruth McCrea Lead breast research nurse, Breast Research Department, Breast Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, England
Chris McNamara Lecturer practitioner, Royal Marsden School, London, England
Aims Regular exercise can help improve physical function and quality of life, and reduce the risk of recurrence, following a breast cancer diagnosis. Despite this, research suggests that women with breast cancer reduce their physical activity. The aim of this study was to determine if an exercise programme for women with breast cancer could initiate, or support, a return to regular activity.
Method A qualitative inductive approach was chosen. Eight participants were recruited to share their experiences, and thematic analysis was used to interpret the data.
Findings Exercising with women ‘in the same boat’, with a specially trained instructor, and being informed about the benefits of exercise, can support women to become more active.
Conclusion Highlighting the importance of exercise, and offering free introductory sessions, encouraged participants to become more active, and to incorporate activity into their lifestyle.
Cancer Nursing Practice.
16, 10, 22-26.
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Received: 05 July 2017
Accepted: 15 August 2017
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