Few studies have examined how breast cancer survivors experience an individually tailored group exercise program designed to help mitigate physical and psychosocial challenges and improve health outcomes. This research used qualitative interviews to provide insight into what motivates breast cancer survivors to join an exercise program, what they hope to gain from exercise programs, the barriers they experience to participation, and their overall satisfaction with the program. Thirty-three breast cancer survivors from Atlantic Canada completed semi-structured, qualitative interviews following the completion of a twelve-week supervised exercise program, and thematic analysis was applied to transcripts of the interviews. Our findings suggest of the participants generally enrolled in the program, in hopes of increasing energy levels and muscular strength, most reported increases in both outcomes by the end of the program, and obstacles to participation included fatigue, poor physical health, and access challenges.
exercise, physical activity, survivorship, intervention, breast cancer, quality of life, qualitative research
We would like to thank all of our program facilitators, as well as our participants, for their hard-work, cooperation and team spirit. We would also like to thank Jennifer McWilliams for help structuring the original draft of the manuscript.
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Anisimowicz, Y., Rudy, L., Hamilton, R., McGowan, E., Saunders, T., Keats, M., Grandy, S., Soucy, C. R., & Bouchard, D. (2021). Experiences of an Exercise Program: Perspectives from Breast Cancer Survivors. The Qualitative Report, 26(8), 2479-2501. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4824