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Exercise Program for Early Breast Cancer Survivors

This study is open to:

People who have been newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer who:

  • are stage I-III
  • have undergone a lumpectomy or mastectomy
  • have a body mass index (BMI) > 25 kg/m^2 or body fat > 30% (determined by Dr. Dieli-Conwright at baseline visit)
  • currently participate in less than 60 minutes of physical activity per week 
  • are nonsmokers (i.e., not smoking during previous 12 months)
  • willing to travel to the exercise facility and USC
This study is not open to:

Patients are excluded if they have:

  • a history of chronic disease including diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension or thyroid disease
  • had weight reduction >= 10% within past 6 months
  • (HER2)-positive tumor 
  • metastatic disease
  • planned reconstructive surgery with flap repair during trial and follow-up period
  • cardiovascular, respiratory or musculoskeletal disease or joint problems that preclude moderate physical activity
Exercise Program for Early Breast Cancer Survivors

Exercise for Early Breast Cancer Survivors

Clinicaltrials.gov identifier:
NCT01140282

Quality of Life:
Breast Cancer Survivor

Study Contact Information

Los Angeles, CA

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Contact: Christina Dieli-Conwright, PhD by phone: (323) 442-2905 or by email   
       

About the Study

This clinical trial is studying the effects of exercise therapy and quality of life in postmenopausal early breast cancer survivors .

Type of Study

  • The study has two arms. This means that patients in the study are placed in one of two different groups. One group will participate in supervised exercise sessions over the 16 week course of the study and the second group will be asked to refrain from increasing physical activity levels for 16 weeks.
  • This is a randomized study, which means that participants will be placed into one of the two groups by chance. Neither patients nor the research doctor will choose the group participants are placed in. 

What the Study Entails

  • One group will participate in supervised exercise sessions over 60 minutes three times weekly and are encouraged to participate in a home-based exercise session over 30-45 minutes once weekly for 16 weeks. The second group will be asked to refrain from increasing physical activity levels for 16 weeks.
  • Both groups will fill out questionnaires which will measure quality of life and management of therapy complications. 
  • Both groups will undergo measurement of changes in body composition, waist circumference, blood pressure, and serum levels of insulin, glucose, lipids, C-reactive protein, and HbA1c at the end of the study. 

Study Lead Investigator

Christina Dieli-Conwright, PhD  

Contact: 323-442-2905    cdieli@usc.edu 

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