Physical activity barriers, preferences, and beliefs in childhood cancer patients

Physical activity barriers, preferences, and beliefs in childhood cancer patients Purpose Childhood cancer patients report low physical activity levels despite the risk for long-term complications that may benefit from exercise. Research is lacking regarding exercise barriers, preferences, and beliefs among patients (1) on- and off- therapy and (2) across the age spectrum. Methods Cross-sectional study in the Yale Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic (October 2013–October 2014). Participants were ≥ 4 years old, > 1 month after cancer diagnosis at < 20 years, not acutely ill, expected to live > 6 months, and received chemotherapy and/or radiation. Participants (or parents if < 13 years) completed a survey. Results The 162 patients (99% participated) were 34% children (4.0–12.9 years), 31% adolescents (13.0–17.9 years), and 35% adults (≥ 18 years). Most had leukemia/lymphoma (66%); 32% were on-therapy. On-therapy patients were more likely than off- therapy patients (73 vs. 48%; p = 0.003) to report ≥ 1 barrier related to physical complaints, such as Bjust too tired^ (46 vs. 28%; p = 0.021) or Bafraid^ of injury (22 vs. 9%; p = 0.027). The majority preferred walking (73%), exercising at home (91%), exercising in the afternoon (79%), and a maximum travel time of 10–20 min (54%); preferences did not vary significantly by therapy status or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Supportive Care in Cancer Springer Journals

Physical activity barriers, preferences, and beliefs in childhood cancer patients

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Oncology; Nursing; Nursing Research; Pain Medicine; Rehabilitation Medicine
ISSN
0941-4355
eISSN
1433-7339
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00520-017-4041-9
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Abstract

Purpose Childhood cancer patients report low physical activity levels despite the risk for long-term complications that may benefit from exercise. Research is lacking regarding exercise barriers, preferences, and beliefs among patients (1) on- and off- therapy and (2) across the age spectrum. Methods Cross-sectional study in the Yale Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic (October 2013–October 2014). Participants were ≥ 4 years old, > 1 month after cancer diagnosis at < 20 years, not acutely ill, expected to live > 6 months, and received chemotherapy and/or radiation. Participants (or parents if < 13 years) completed a survey. Results The 162 patients (99% participated) were 34% children (4.0–12.9 years), 31% adolescents (13.0–17.9 years), and 35% adults (≥ 18 years). Most had leukemia/lymphoma (66%); 32% were on-therapy. On-therapy patients were more likely than off- therapy patients (73 vs. 48%; p = 0.003) to report ≥ 1 barrier related to physical complaints, such as Bjust too tired^ (46 vs. 28%; p = 0.021) or Bafraid^ of injury (22 vs. 9%; p = 0.027). The majority preferred walking (73%), exercising at home (91%), exercising in the afternoon (79%), and a maximum travel time of 10–20 min (54%); preferences did not vary significantly by therapy status or

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Supportive Care in CancerSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 27, 2018

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