Colorectal and prostate cancer survivors’ physical activity experiences, barriers and intervention preferences: a qualitative study


  • R.H.J. Golsteijn
  • C. Bolman
  • E. Volders
  • D.A. Peels
  • H. de Vries
  • L. Lechner


Background: Physical activity (PA) has proven to be beneficial both during and after treatment for prostate and colorectal cancer. A qualitative study was carried out to obtain information for the development of an eHealth PA intervention (OncoActive+) to increase and maintain PA in this population. Methods: Semi-structured interviews with patients (N=29) and cancer professionals (N=15) were conducted to gain insight into the feasibility of, and experiences with PA during cancer, (physical) barriers, special considerations, information needs and preferences, PA determinants and important aspects of the intervention. Interviews were audiotaped and analyzed. Findings: Interviews provided valuable input for the development of OncoActive+, such as specific PA benefits and (physical) difficulties that patients experienced. PA counseling with tailored advice, providing specific PA options and mentioning PA benefits were regarded as important elements. Additionally cancer professionals provided several practical suggestions. Discussion: The current study provides insight in the specific PA needs and experiences of prostate and colorectal cancer patients during cancer treatment and recovery, which are relevant for the development of PA interventions (such as OncoActive+) for the target group.





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