Effect of Flexibility Exercise on Symptom Distress of Cancer Patient Undergoing Chemotherapy
Keywords:Cancer patient, Flexibility exercise, Symptom distress
Background: Cancer is a growing disease and a leading cause of death globally. Cancer can be treated
with chemotherapy treatment which causes side effects like symptom distress. Symptom distress can be
overcome by non-pharmacological, one of which is flexibility exercise.
Object: to identify effect of flexibility exercise on symptom distress in cancer patients undergoing
Methods: The study design used a quasi-experimental design with an equivalent control group. There were
40 respondents of cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy which were divided into two groups,
20 intervention, and 20 control groups. The sampling technique was consecutive sampling. The data were
collected by the Symptom Distress Scale. The data were analyzed by a paired t-test in the intervention group
before and after the intervention and control group.
Results: The results obtained were differences in symptoms distress in the intervention group after flexibility
exercise (t=13.24, p=0.00). The study was also analyzed by an independent t-test showing that there
were differences in symptoms distress between the intervention and the control group of cancer patients
undergoing chemotherapy (t=-2.42, p=0.02).
Conclusion: The flexibility exercise can be a non-pharmacological measure to help reduce symptoms of
cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
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