Development of an evidence-based exercise and education cancer recovery program

Ruth E. Van Gerpen, Betsy J Becker

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Abstract

Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common and distressing side effects experienced by patients with cancer. Increased activity and exercise have been shown to significantly impact cancer-related fatigue and are beneficial during and after treatment. This article describes the development and implementation of a 12-week evidence-based exercise and education program for cancer survivors in a community medical center. Participants consistently reported significant improvements in fatigue, depression, sleep disturbances, pain, and quality of life. The improvements were independent of the type of cancer, extent of disease, or treatment status. Additional benefits described by participants were support, a sense of belonging, and being understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-543
Number of pages5
JournalClinical journal of oncology nursing
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

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Exercise
Education
Fatigue
Neoplasms
Survivors
Sleep
Quality of Life
Depression
Pain
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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Development of an evidence-based exercise and education cancer recovery program. / Van Gerpen, Ruth E.; Becker, Betsy J.

In: Clinical journal of oncology nursing, Vol. 17, No. 5, 01.10.2013, p. 539-543.

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