Personal accounts of exercise and quality of life from the perspective of breast cancer survivors
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science
Objectives- The purpose of the study was to examine breast cancer survivors’ perceptions of exercise and their quality of life (QoL). Methods- about 289 breast cancer survivors completed a survey addressing exercise attitudes, behaviour and perceived QoL. In addition, the breast cancer survivors completed two open-ended questions designed to explore perceptions of exercise and QoL throughout their cancer experience. Inductive and deductive content analyses were used to analyse responses. Results- about 19 first-order themes were identified, which were clustered into five second-order themes that included; Exercise behaviour, Lifestyle, Limitations and barriers, Growth and priorities, and Personal beliefs and values. The findings identified a framework of multifaceted views held by breast cancer survivors in relation to their QoL and outlook on their disease. Conclusions- Given that cancer survivors are faced with a number of treatment related morbidities 2 years post-diagnosis, there is a need for health professionals to carefully address a cancer survivor’s exercise needs in an attempt to help improve their future QoL.