Exercise: a path to wellness during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Husebø, Anne Marie L., Allan, Helen T., Karlsen, Bjørg, Soreide, Jon Arne and Bru, Edvin (2015) Exercise: a path to wellness during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer? Cancer Nursing, 38 (5). E13-E20. ISSN 0162-220X

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Abstract

Background: Breast cancer treatment can represent a threat to a patient’s wellness. The role of exercise in perceived wellness in women with breast cancer merits further study.

Objective: The objective of this study was to describe how
exercise is perceived by women to influence their physical and psychosocial wellness at the time they were receiving chemotherapy.

Methods: Five focus group interviews with a total of 27 women with early-stage breast cancer were conducted. Prior to the focus groups, the women had participated in an exercise intervention during chemotherapy treatment.

Results: Three themes emerged from the analysis: exercise shapes feelings of psychological wellness; exercise stimulates feelings of physical wellness; and exercise influences social wellness. The women reported feeling stronger in a psychological sense after exercising, that the strength exercise
improved their upper-limb functioning, and that engaging in exercise triggered social support and interactions.

Conclusions: Exercise during breast cancer treatment is perceived to enhance the patients’ wellness on several dimensions and in particular psychological wellness. Exercise might support the patients’ efforts to restore their sense of wellness and enhance their level of daily life functioning.
Implications for Practice: Cancer nurses should promote exercise as a wellness-fostering intervention during chemotherapy treatment. Focusing on how
exercise can contribute to feelings of wellness may help women with breast cancer choose exercise as a health-promoting activity that contributes to their recovery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article : PDF Only - Published Ahead-of-Print Post Author Corrections: October 1, 2014
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 14725
Notes on copyright: This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in: Husebø, A. M. L., Allan, H., Karlsen, B., Søreide, J. A., & Bru, E. (2015). Exercise. Cancer Nursing, 38(5), E13–E20. doi:10.1097/ncc.0000000000000205
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 14:53
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 05:16
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14725

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