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Nature-based Experiences and Health of Cancer Survivors

Key Message

This review contributes to a better understanding of the therapeutic effects of nature-based experiences on cancer survivor health. 


Ray, Heather, and Jakubec, Sonya L. (2014). Nature-based experiences and health of cancer survivors. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 20(4): 188–192. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.07.005


Although exposure to, and interaction with, natural environments are recognized as health-promoting, little is understood about the use of nature contact in treatment and rehabilitation for cancer survivors. This narrative review summarizes the literature exploring the influence of nature-based experiences on survivor health. Key databases included CINAHL, EMBASE, Medline, Web of Science, PubMed, PsycArticles, ProQuest, and Cancerlit databases.


  • Nature-based experiences act as an effective strategy for promotion of cancer survivor health and well-being.
  • Dragon boat racing may enhance breast cancer survivor quality of life.
  • Natural environment may counteract attentional fatigue in newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors.
  • Adventure programs provide a positive experience for children and adolescent survivors, fostering a sense of belonging.
  • Therapeutic landscapes may decrease state-anxiety, improving survivor health.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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