Quality of Life and Resilience: Exploring a Fly Fishing Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors?.

Clinical journal of oncology nursing

PubMedID: 28107325

Henry BJ. Quality of Life and Resilience: Exploring a Fly Fishing Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors?. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2017;21(1):E9-E14.
BACKGROUND
The Casting for Recovery® therapeutic intervention provides a positive, nontraditional weekend experience for breast cancer survivors. Participants receive fly fishing instruction and participate in structured and unstructured therapeutic activities.?.

OBJECTIVES
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether breast cancer survivors had improved resilience and quality-of-life scores after program participation.?.

METHODS
Participants completed the Quality of Life Breast Cancer questionnaire and Connor-?Davidson Resilience Scale two weeks before and three and six months after the retreats.?.

FINDINGS
No statistically significant differences between pre- and postintervention quality-of-life or resilience scores were noted. However, qualitative data reflected a high degree of participant satisfaction, healing, and learning. Participants added that peer and volunteer connections, group camaraderie, good nutrition, being in nature, and learning a new skill were all positive aspects of the program.