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Keywords:

  • gynecologic cancers;
  • ovarian neoplasms;
  • survivorship;
  • exercise;
  • cancer;
  • oncology

Abstract

Objective: Regular physical activity is positively associated with quality of life in ovarian cancer survivors, but no data exist on how best to promote activity in this population. This study investigated the interests and preferences of ovarian cancer survivors with regard to physical activity participation.

Methods: A provincial, population-based postal survey of ovarian cancer survivors in Alberta, Canada, was performed including measures of self-reported physical activity, medical and demographic variables, and physical activity preferences.

Results: A total of 359 women participated (51.4% response rate). Over half expressed interest in participating in a physical activity program (53.8%), with a further 32.9% maybe interested. The most common preferences were for programs to be home-based (48.9%), start post-treatment (69.5%), and involve walking (62.7%). There were differences in preferences based on demographic, but not medical, factors.

Conclusion: The majority of ovarian cancer survivors expressed interest in participating in physical activity programs; however, some preferences varied by demographic factors. Designing physical activity interventions according to these preferences may optimize adherence and outcomes in ovarian cancer survivors. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.