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Interest and preferences for exercise counselling and programming among Norwegian cancer survivors

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  • G.M. GJERSET msc ,

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    1. Department of Clinical Cancer Research, the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo
      Gunhild M. Gjerset, Department of Clinical Cancer Research, the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Montebello, 0310 Oslo, Norway (e-mail: gunhild.maria.gjerset@radiumhospitalet.no).
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    • Supported by the Norwegian Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation and the Norwegian Cancer Society.

  • S.D. FOSSÅ md, phd ,

    1. Department of Clinical Cancer Research, the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
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  • K.S. COURNEYA phd ,

    1. Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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    • Supported by the Canada Research Chairs Program.

  • E. SKOVLUND phd ,

    1. School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Oslo
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  • A.B. JACOBSEN md, phd,

    1. Clinical Trials Unit, the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo
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  • L. THORSEN phd

    1. Department of Clinical Cancer Research, the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
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Gunhild M. Gjerset, Department of Clinical Cancer Research, the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Montebello, 0310 Oslo, Norway (e-mail: gunhild.maria.gjerset@radiumhospitalet.no).

Abstract

GJERSET G.M., FOSSÅ S.D., COURNEYA K.S., SKOVLUND E., JACOBSEN A.B. & THORSEN L. (2011) European Journal of Cancer Care20, 96–105
Interest and preferences for exercise counselling and programming among Norwegian cancer survivors

To be able to make suitable exercise intervention programmes for cancer survivors, we need more information about exercise preferences. The primary aim of the study was to investigate the interest and preferences for exercise among Norwegian cancer survivors. A secondary aim was to identify demographic and medical characteristics associated with interest in exercise counselling. A questionnaire was completed by 1284 cancer survivors. Overall, 76% of participants were interested or maybe interested in receiving exercise counselling at some point during their cancer experience. Logistic regression analyses indicated that the interest in exercise counselling in men was associated with younger age, presence of comorbidity and having received chemotherapy. In women, the interest was associated with younger age, higher education and change in physical activity level. The participants preferred face-to-face exercise counselling with an exercise specialist from a cancer centre, at a hospital, immediately after treatment. Most cancer survivors were interested in an exercise programme, walking as activity, at moderate intensity and they wanted to start immediately after treatment. The knowledge from this study can contribute to make suitable physical rehabilitation available to cancer patients in the future.

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