"One stroke, with twenty-two people": exploring prostate cancer survivors' participation in dragon boating

J Psychosoc Oncol. Jul-Aug 2020;38(4):375-388. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2020.1725215. Epub 2020 Feb 17.


Purpose: This study qualitatively explores prostate cancer survivors' experience in joining a dragon boating team and its possible impact on their wellbeing.Design: Qualitative data analysis.Sample: Eleven prostate cancer survivors from a dragon boat team.Methods: Semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis.Findings: The findings support physical benefits of dragon boating, however, the positive impact on the men's psychosocial wellbeing was more salient. Participation in dragon boating was important for establishing a social support system and positively reframing their cancer experience.Practice Implications: Dragon boating is a novel health promotion strategy for men with PC. Seeking to replicate the positive characteristics of dragon boating in the design of future physical activity interventions should be explored.

Keywords: Qualitative; exercise/nutrition; prostate; quality of life; survivorship.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cancer Survivors / psychology*
  • Cancer Survivors / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Water Sports / psychology*
  • Water Sports / statistics & numerical data