Joining FORCES is the FORCE newsletter with news, views and supportive information for individuals concerned about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Emerging research suggests that
exercise and weight control can play
a role in breast cancer survival. But
similar studies for ovarian cancer survival
have not yet been done. A new
study from the Gynecologic Oncology
Group — a cooperative organization
of the National Cancer Institute — will
investigate whether women treated
for ovarian cancer benefit from a program
to control diet, nutrition, and
weight. The study is called LIVES (Lifestyle Intervention for
oVarian cancer Enhanced Survival) and is also known as GOG 0225. Researchers hope to recruit over 1,000 women at study sites around the United States. The study is open to women who:
Participants will be randomized to one of two groups. One group will receive a diet and physical activity plan to control weight and increase activity. Participants in this group will also receive educational materials and coaching on reading food labels, and frequent lifestyle coaching by telephone. These women will also maintain a fat gram diary and a step diary at least three times a week. The other group will receive educational materials and telephone contact every six months. Blood tests of a subset of participants will be performed at the beginning of the study and at 6-, 12-, and 24- month intervals.