Purpose The primary purpose of this study was to examine differences in health-related quality of life and fatigue between rural and small-town (RST) breast cancer survivors meeting and not meeting public health physical activity (PA) recommendations. Methods Using a retrospective survey design, RST breast cancer survivors (N=524) residing in Southern Alberta, Canada completed a mailed questionnaire assessing selfreported prediagnosis, on treatment, and current PA behavior, and current health-related quality of life and fatigue. Results Analyses indicated 44.1%, 13.7%, and 34.7% of RST breast cancer survivors met public health PA recommendations during prediagnosis, on treatment, and post-treatment (i.e., current) time periods, respectively. Multivariate analyses of variance suggested indicated survivors currently meeting PA recommendations reported clinically advantageous differences in health-related quality of life and fatigue symptoms than survivors not currently meeting PA recommendations. Repeated measures analyses also indicated significant differences in PA behavior across the three cancer-related time periods (all p<0.01). Conclusions The results of this study provide evidence that RST breast cancer survivors have similar PA behavior estimates across the cancer trajectory to urban survivors. Being physically active was associated with clinically important advantages with respect to health-related quality of life and fatigue. Strategies designed to facilitate PA behavior in the RST breast cancer survivor population are warranted.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Supportive Care in Cancer|
|Publication status||Published - May 2012|
- Breast cancer
- Health-related quality of life
- Physical activity