Physical activity preferences of early-stage lung cancer survivors

Errol J. Philip, Elliot J. Coups, Marc B. Feinstein, Bernard J. Park, Donna J. Wilson, Jamie S. Ostroff

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Purpose: Engagement in physical activity can provide important benefits for cancer patients and survivors, including those diagnosed with lung cancer. Despite this, many survivors do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity and little is known about the obstacles encountered by lung cancer survivors. The current study examines the physical activity preferences of early-stage lung cancer survivors. Method: As part of a larger survey study, 175 non-small cell lung cancer survivors who were on average 3.6 years from surgical treatment responded to questions regarding their preferences for physical activity and physical activity advice. Demographic and medical characteristics were also collected. Results: The majority of respondents (62%) reported a desire to receive advice regarding physical activity, predominantly before treatment (68%), in face-to-face interactions (95%) with a physician (80%), and within the context of a cancer care center (92%). Approximately half of participants indicated they would be interested in an exercise program tailored to lung cancer survivors and most individuals (73%) reported feeling capable of engaging in an exercise program. Differences in physical activity preferences emerged based on demographic and disease characteristics. Conclusions: The majority of participants reported a desire for physical activity advice and a willingness to engage in physical activity. Important differences were found based on demographic and medical characteristics, which may warrant consideration in the development and dissemination of physical activity interventions for this cancer survivor population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology


  • Lung cancer
  • Physical activity preferences
  • Survivorship


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