A Getaway to a Lakeside Camp Lifts Spirits Through Exercise, Art and Memory

Pilot study of the biological and psychosocial health benefits of participation in a retreat for women with breast cancer

From 1997 to 2000, staff at the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation established a retreat program for breast cancer survivors and conducted a pilot study of the retreat's effectiveness.

Key Results

  • From September 1997 through October 1998, project staff conducted 10 five-day retreats, which:

    • Engaged nearly 200 breast cancer survivors in challenging activities.
    • Taught participants techniques for achieving health and wellness.
    • Helped participants develop spiritual awareness.

Key Findings

  • Study participants reported significant improvement in overall adjustments to cancer, body image and overall mental health.