A Home-based Exercise Intervention for Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Post-Thoracotomy

Amy J. Hoffman, Ruth Ann Brintnall

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Objectives There are no evidenced-based rehabilitative guidelines for postsurgical non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. This qualitative study provides evidence on the acceptability of an effective postsurgical exercise intervention targeting the self-management of cancer-related fatigue to fill this gap. Data Sources Qualitative perspective of 37 individuals randomized to a 6-week exercise program following hospital discharge post-thoracotomy for NSCLC. Conclusion Postsurgical NSCLC participants found this rehabilitative exercise intervention highly acceptable because it removed traditional barriers to exercise. Implication for Nursing Practice A highly acceptable and effective solution for meeting the unmet rehabilitative support needs of NSCLC patients has broader implications for extension to other vulnerable, aging, deconditioned populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-117
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in oncology nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • cancer-related fatigue
  • exercise
  • lung cancer
  • qualitative research
  • rehabilitation
  • surgery
  • symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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