The first real research linking exercise to improved quality of life (QOL) and management of fatigue was done by Winningham, MacVicar, and Burke (1986) with a population of patients with breast cancer during a time in medical thinking when the typical recommendation for patients with cancer was increased rest. During the 1980s, more than 40 studies demonstrated that physical activity in patients with cancer improves their functioning and QOL (Young-McCaughan et al., 2003). Winningham and colleagues published guidelines for exercise use in the cancer population.
A "Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices Among Cancer Survivors," available as a journal article and podcast, discusses how nurses can play a critical role in the assessment and education of CAM use within survivor programs.
For patients with cancer and their healthcare team, the “ringing of the bell” is a significant moment–a point in time that signals the end of active treatment and the beginning of a life free of cancer. But for many patients, that moment can also be filled with uncertainty. Anne Katz, in her latest book from Hygeia Media, explores what happens next for those who have survived cancer.
Honorable Mention in the Nursing and Allied Health Category at the 2011 PROSE Awards, sponsored by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers