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Breast and prostate cancer survivor responses to group exercise and supportive group psychotherapy
Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
  • Eric Martin, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Caroline Bulsara, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Claudio Battaglini
  • Beth Hands, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Fiona L Naumann
Year of Publication
2015
Abstract

This study qualitatively examined an 8 week group exercise and counseling intervention for breast and prostate cancer survivors. Groups exercised 3 days per week, 50 minutes per session, performing moderate intensity aerobic and resistance training. Groups also underwent 90 minute supportive group psychotherapy sessions once per week. Survivors discussed their experiences in focus groups post intervention. Transcripts were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Survivors described how exercise facilitated counseling by creating mutual aid and trust, and counseling helped participants with self-identity, sexuality, and returning to normalcy. When possible, counselors and fitness professionals should create partnerships to optimally support cancer survivors.

Keywords
  • exercise physiology,
  • oncology,
  • counseling,
  • intervention,
  • focus group
Citation Information
Eric Martin, Caroline Bulsara, Claudio Battaglini, Beth Hands, et al.. "Breast and prostate cancer survivor responses to group exercise and supportive group psychotherapy" Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Vol. Early View (Online First) (2015) ISSN: 0734-7332
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/caroline_bulsara/4/