The implementation of an oncologist referred, exercise self-management program for older breast cancer survivors

  • Damush T
  • Perkins A
  • Miller K
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BACKGROUND: With increased breast cancer survivor rates among older women, the negative outcomes of breast cancer treatment may linger for years. METHOD: We designed and implemented an oncologist referred, exercise self-management program to increase physical activity and health-related quality of life using a pretest-posttest, single group design. We recruited 34 breast cancer survivors seen for a follow-up oncology visit at two university cancer treatment centers. Women with a mean age of 59.6 years (S.D.=66) comprised the sample. Average time since diagnosed was 3.1 years; 45% had stage I breast cancer and 55% had stage II; 62% received chemotherapy and 59% received a mastectomy. Following a baseline assessment on exercise support, self-efficacy, barriers and benefits; quality of life; and a functional performance test, subjects participated in self-management classes and received telephone support. Participants (n=30) repeated the assessment at 6-months. We compared scores between time periods using t-tests. RESULTS: Older women increased frequency of weekly, moderate physical activities (p

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  • Cancer
  • Exercise
  • Implementation
  • Older survivors
  • Oncology
  • Self-management

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  • Teresa M. Damush

  • Anthony Perkins

  • Kathy Miller

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