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Motivation to uphold physical activity in women with breast cancer during adjuvant chemotherapy treatment
Department of Oncology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Department of Oncology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University Hospital. Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. University Health Care Research Centre, Region Örebro County, Örebro, Sweden.
Neurobiology Care Science and Society, Nursing, Karolinska Institute, & Department of Oncology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 29, p. 17-22, article id S1462-3889(17)30039-XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: Physical activity (PA) is important for recovery after a breast cancer diagnosis; however, women's motivation to engage in PA can be impacted by disease and/or treatment, and can therefore be a challenge. This study explored factors associated with PA levels during chemotherapy among women with breast cancer.

METHOD: The study had a cross-sectional descriptive and comparative design using a study-specific questionnaire. One hundred women with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy were included. Data were analysed by Pearson's correlation coefficient and linear regression. The open question was subjected to manifest content analysis.

RESULTS: Identified factors associated with engaging in PA during chemotherapy treatment were: being physically active before diagnosis, and the information given by the oncology nurse before the treatment start. The physically active women experienced higher psychological wellbeing, less fatigue, and faster recovery after treatment. They also experienced an overall feeling of fitness.

CONCLUSION: It seems that PA is associated with less fatigue, better recovery between chemotherapy treatments, and a better mental condition leading to wellbeing. Information given by the oncology nurse may be an important factor for being physically active. Women with breast cancer need to get specific advice about and support in engaging in PA to feel better during chemotherapy treatment. Further research is required to develop guidelines for advice about and support regarding PA during chemotherapy treatment.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 29, p. 17-22, article id S1462-3889(17)30039-X
Keywords [en]
Breast cancer, Chemotherapy, Physical activity, Symptoms
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Nursing Cancer and Oncology
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Caring sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-59082DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2017.03.008ISI: 000407405700004PubMedID: 28720261Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85018950656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-59082DiVA, id: diva2:1131158
Available from: 2017-08-12 Created: 2017-08-12 Last updated: 2018-08-01Bibliographically approved

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