For the average patient, medical professionals typically recommend exercise to enhance the health of their patients in multiple ways. Oncology patients, however, often have different issues that the treating physicians are more concerned about, so physical activity gets placed on the back burner. The need for exercise in oncology patients is certainly a decision that should be part of an individualized treatment plan, but it is reasonable to believe that most of these patients will benefit from participating in an exercise program. With the high demanding need to decrease chemotherapy side effects and improve lives of those undergoing it, this benchmark project will review supporting literature evidence that demonstrates a simple intervention to successfully make that improvement. The PICOT question to be discussed in this paper is: In oncology patients (P), how does a regular exercise program (I) compared to no exercise program (C) affect cancer-related fatigue (O) during the first three months of treatment (T)?

Date of publication

Fall 12-5-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Master of Science in Nursing