Title of Abstract

Impact of Exercise on Breast Cancer

Submitting Student(s)

Hannah-Grace Smith

Session Title

Additional Projects

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Janet Wojcik, Ph.D.

College

College of Education

Department

Physical Education, Sport & Human Performance

Abstract

This article aimed to address how cancer-related fatigue impacts breast cancer survivors, and if exercise impacted the severity of the symptoms, as well as if it was a realistic lifestyle for them to obtain. Cancer- related fatigue is the number one symptom experienced with all forms of cancer. To do this, sixteen breast cancer survivors who experienced moderate fatigue or greater were put into a focus group interview process. The interview consisted of questions about fatigue, the barriers and facilitators of exercise through cancer and ways to improve exercise programs. This article successfully identifies the realistic ability of cancer patients to exercise, despite physical activity often being recommended. With cancer becoming one of the most deadly diseases in the country, and exercise becoming more commonly prescribed, analyzing the relation between the two is crucial for advancing medical understanding. The emphasis is placed on the qualitative data, but not recognize any quantitative data which could be useful in further understanding the research findings. The research found that participants struggled to exercise so, a flexibility regimen may be the best option to start with. This could be 2-3 days a week for 10-15 minutes. Light intensity, suggested heart rate under 110. This could be done in the form of pilates, yoga, or dynamic stretching. Although participants' fatigue prevented them from exercising, despite knowing its importance, and limited them to passive activities, they did find comfort in interacting with other breast cancer survivors, and felt that this motivated them to exercise more than anything.

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15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Impact of Exercise on Breast Cancer

This article aimed to address how cancer-related fatigue impacts breast cancer survivors, and if exercise impacted the severity of the symptoms, as well as if it was a realistic lifestyle for them to obtain. Cancer- related fatigue is the number one symptom experienced with all forms of cancer. To do this, sixteen breast cancer survivors who experienced moderate fatigue or greater were put into a focus group interview process. The interview consisted of questions about fatigue, the barriers and facilitators of exercise through cancer and ways to improve exercise programs. This article successfully identifies the realistic ability of cancer patients to exercise, despite physical activity often being recommended. With cancer becoming one of the most deadly diseases in the country, and exercise becoming more commonly prescribed, analyzing the relation between the two is crucial for advancing medical understanding. The emphasis is placed on the qualitative data, but not recognize any quantitative data which could be useful in further understanding the research findings. The research found that participants struggled to exercise so, a flexibility regimen may be the best option to start with. This could be 2-3 days a week for 10-15 minutes. Light intensity, suggested heart rate under 110. This could be done in the form of pilates, yoga, or dynamic stretching. Although participants' fatigue prevented them from exercising, despite knowing its importance, and limited them to passive activities, they did find comfort in interacting with other breast cancer survivors, and felt that this motivated them to exercise more than anything.