Reducing Depression, Anxiety, and Fatigue Level in Cervical Cancer through Physical Exercise Intervention


  • Fatwa Imelda Department of Maternity and Child, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Heru Santosa Department of Demography and Biostatistics, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Sarma Nursani L. Raja Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Namora Lumongga Lubis Department of Demography and Biostatistics, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia



Cervical cancer, Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Minimal physical exercise


Background: To identify the effect of physical exercise on depression, anxiety, and fatigue in cervical cancer patients.

Methods: A quasi-experimental study ith a pretest-posttest with control group design was used. 30 respondents were selected using purposive sampling. The data were gathered by a focus group discussion. The Piper Fatigue Scale (PFS) was used to measure fatigue levels. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were used to measure anxiety and depression level. Paired t-test was used for data analysis.

Results: There was a significant difference between depression level after physical exercise with t=3.552 (p<0.05). There was a significant difference between anxiety level after physical exercise with t=11.297 (p<0.05). There was a significant difference between fatigue level after physical exercise with t=17.457 (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Physical exercise reduces anxiety, depression, and fatigue in patients with cervical cancer that will improve the quality of life of patients.


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Imelda F, Santosa H, Raja SNL, Lubis NL. Reducing Depression, Anxiety, and Fatigue Level in Cervical Cancer through Physical Exercise Intervention. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Jun. 23 [cited 2023 May 29];9(T3):280-4. Available from:

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