Colorectal cancer survivors' exercise experiences and preferences: Qualitative findings from an exercise rehabilitation programme immediately after chemotherapy

R. R. Spence*, K. C. Heesch, W. J. Brown

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Abstract

Little is known about cancer survivors' experiences with and preferences for exercise programmes offered during rehabilitation (immediately after cancer treatment). This study documented colorectal cancer survivors' experiences in an exercise rehabilitation programme and their preferences for programme content and delivery. At the completion of 12 weeks of supervised exercise, 10 participants took part in one-on-one semi-structured interviews. Data from these interviews were coded, and themes were identified using qualitative software. Key findings were that most participants experienced improvements in treatment symptoms, including reduced fatigue and increased energy and confidence to do activities of daily living. They also reported that interactions with the exercise trainer and a flexible programme delivery were important aspects of the intervention. Most participants reported that they preferred having a choice of exercise, starting to exercise within a month after completing treatment, having supervision and maintaining a one-on-one format. Frustrations included scheduling conflicts and a lack of a transition out of the programme. The findings indicate that colorectal cancers experience benefits from exercise offered immediately after treatment and prefer individual attention from exercise staff. They further indicate directions for the implementation of future exercise programmes with this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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