Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore childhood cancer survivor’s social support for physical activity (PA) during and after cancer treatment as well as the type of support they desired.
Methods: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with childhood cancer survivors (n=7). Data were analyzed through the process of immersion/crystallization.
Results: All survivors noted a decrease in PA during treatment. All survivors expressed a desire to return back to “normal” PA levels after treatment. Survivors reported they received general support from parents, physicians, and peers at cancer oncology camps. Most survivors expressed a desire to develop support networks with other childhood cancer survivors when increasing PA levels post cancer treatment.
Discussion: Survivors expressed that they had support for PA but desired more. Future research should explore the impact of physician support for PA as well as studying the impact of PA support groups for childhood cancer survivors.
Coughlin, Ava, "Influence and Support for Childhood Cancer Survivor’s Participation in Physical Activity" (2016). Research Presentations. 12.