Physical activity preferences in a population-based sample of kidney cancer survivors

Linda Trinh, Ronald C. Plotnikoff, Ryan E. Rhodes, Scott North, Kerry S. Courneya

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Purpose Physical activity (PA) improves quality of life in kidney cancer survivors (KCS), but PA participation rates are low. Behavior change interventions to increase PA in KCS should take into account PA preferences. The purpose of this study was to identify the PA preferences of KCS and determine any associations with selected demographic and medical variables. Methods All 1, 985 KCS diagnosed between 1996 and 2010 identified through a Canadian provincial registry in Alberta, Canada were mailed a survey that consisted of the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire and various PA preference variables. Standard demographic and medical variables were also collected. Results Completed surveys were received from 703 of 1, 654 (43%) eligible KCS. Over 80% of KCS felt they were able or may be able to participate in a PA program designed for KCS and over 70% were interested or may be interested in doing so. The most common PA preferences were to receive PA information from a fitness expert at a cancer center (55.7%) receive information via print material (50.0%), start a PA program after treatment (36.5%), exercise with a spouse (39.6%), exercise at home (52.0%), do moderate-intensity PA (58.4%), and walk in both the summer (69.4%) and winter (48.2%). Chi-square analyses uncovered that age, sex, and current PA were the personal variables most consistently associated with PA preferences. Conclusion The majority of KCS expressed an interest in doing a PA program and important preferences were identified. These preferences may be used to inform PA interventions to enhance motivation and adherence in KCS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1709-1717
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adherence
  • Cancer patients
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle
  • Motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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