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Breast Cancer Survivors and Daughters Participate in Weight-Loss Study

June 2008

“Finding new ways to stay healthy after cancer treatment is a priority in my life,” says Alejandra Leon, a breast cancer survivor who completed treatment in December 2007. Alejandra and her adult daughter Laura recently joined the study "Daughters and Mothers Against Breast Cancer" (DAMES) at M. D. Anderson because they were looking for ways to possibly improve their diet and exercise habits.

“I gained some weight during my treatment, and it’s been hard getting into a regular exercise routine,” says Alejandra. “By participating in DAMES, I believe that I may have that extra incentive to exercise daily and eat healthy because my weight will be monitored regularly by the study researchers.”

Cancer Survivors Need Family Support

“I joined DAMES with my mother because it’s important to me that I continue to support her throughout her cancer journey,” says Laura. “And this is also an opportunity for me to possibly lose weight and improve my health.”

“The support of my family has truly helped me to better cope with the challenges I’ve faced after my cancer diagnosis,” says Alejandra. “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my daughter and exercising with her through the DAMES study.”

Mothers and Daughters Needed

Mothers who participate in this program must be:

  • Diagnosed with breast cancer within the last five years
  • 50 years of age or older
  • Overweight
  • Not participating in another weight loss program

Daughters who participate in this program must be:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Overweight
  • Not participating in another weight loss program

This one-year diet and exercise program is available at no cost to participants and is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Women in the study are given resources ranging from health newsletters and diet/exercise journals to pedometers and Apple iPods.

For more information, call 1-866-566-4108 or email

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