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Initial Focus Areas:
- Trials in cancer survivors of the effect of physical activity, diet, and weight control interventions on (1) biomarkers of prognosis and survival (PAR 12-228 and PAR 12-229); (2) prevention or remediation of lasting/late effects of cancer and its treatment.
- Trials in people at risk of cancer (particularly high risk populations) to test the effect of physical activity/exercise, diet, and weight on biomarkers related to cancer initiation, alone or in combination with chemopreventive agents.
- Studies of the biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between physical activity, diet, weight status and cancer initiation, promotion, progression, and recurrence.
- Dissemination and implementation research on energy balance interventions for cancer survivors and at risk populations, including technology-based interventions delivered in health care settings.
- Research on biobehavioral mechanisms underlying weight changes (gain, loss, and maintenance of loss), eating behavior, and physical activity.
Description: Active Living after Cancer is a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funded program to improve the overall quality of life of cancer survivors in the Houston and El Paso by promoting physical activity and providing support and service navigation for survivorship issues. The program consists of 12 sessions plus a reunion session two months after the end of the program cohort. Each session is comprised of cognitive and behavioral skills training related to increasing physical activity, moderate intensity physical activity (to teach the intensity of the short bouts of activity we want participants to implement) and a guided discussion of the survivorship topic.
Who can participate in Active Living after Cancer?
- Previous diagnosis of cancer
- Not be receiving chemotherapy or radiation for cancer at the time of enrollment
Program Benefits include:
- Learn how to be more physically active
- Learn about resources for cancer survivors
- Get support from other cancer survivors
- Receive a pedometer and resistance bands to reach physical activity goals
For more information or to register, please call: 713-442-1231 or 713-442-1219 (Hablamos Español). We offer the program at various locations in the Houston and El Paso.
Beans to Enrich the Gut Microbiome vs. Obesity's Negative Effects (BE GONE) Trial
Purpose: To test whether adding cooked dry beans to the usual diet of colorectal cancer survivors can improve healthy bacteria in the digestive system to improve overall health and reduce cancer risk.
Who is eligible?
- Colorectal cancer survivor
- Ages 30 and over
- Telephone and Internet access
What is involved in participating?
- Monthly in-person visits (up to 6 total) with a Registered Dietitian over 20 weeks
- Weight, waist and blood pressure measurements (monthly)
- Brief questionnaires
- Web-based dietary assessments (bi-weekly)
- Fasting blood draw and collection of biological samples (monthly)
- Consuming up to 1 cup per day of the pre-cooked, canned beans provided for a period of 8 weeks
Benefits: Helping researchers shape evidence-based dietary recommendations and strategies for at-risk patients
If interested, call 713-792-2062 or email BEGONE@mdanderson.org.
Website: BE GONE Trial
Healthy Eating & Active Lifestyles Together (HEALTH) 4 Families
Description: A growing body of evidence supports the benefits of physical activity and healthy weight for reducing cancer risk and recurrence. HEALTH 4 Families is a distanced-based research study designed to educate and mobilize people at high risk for cancer to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
The study uses a multi-phase optimization strategy (MOST) design to test various intervention components. The results will help us determine which intervention components are most effective in changing diet and physical activity behaviors in order for participants to maintain healthy lifestyles for cancer prevention and survivorship.
Who can participate in HEALTH 4 Families?
- BRCA+ individuals and at least 1 family member who have WiFi access, a cell phone and are willing to send and receive text messages
- Individuals with Lynch syndrome and at least 1 family member who have WiFi access, a cell phone and are willing to send and receive text messages
Study procedures include:
- Complete questionnaires, height, weight and activity measurements
- Participate in a 16-week program to improve eating habits and increase physical activity.
- Receive a Fitbit Flex 2 and Aria scale at no cost.
- Learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
- Participate with family members.
- Contribute information to cancer prevention research.
For more information, email HEALTH4@mdanderson.org.
The goal of this study is to gather feedback about a mobile phone application (app) that may help to promote more exercise in cancer survivors.
Who is eligible?
- Age 18 or older
- Cancer survivor
- Have finished primary treatment
- Able to speak and read English
- Have an iPhone or iPad
What is involved in participating?
- Download the smartphone app onto your iPhone or iPad
- Complete brief questionnaire online
- One feedback interview over the phone
- Benefits: Contribute valuable information to survivorship research. There may be no benefits to you directly for participating.
Study Contact Info: 713-745-5461 or Steps2Health@mdanderson.org
Suppose this beautiful sunrise represents the hopes, desires, and personal goals that add meaning to your life. What does the sunrise represent to you? How might physical activity help get you there? The path we walk in life is shaped in part by our personal values. What values are most important to you? How does physical activity fit in with these values?
Sometimes there are breaks in our path that need to be bridged. Help from friends and family may act as a bridge to keep us on our path. Who are some of the people that fill this role in your life? How can you have them help you live a more physically active lifestyle? What are the three best reasons for you to exercise a little bit more?
Sometimes we are met with obstacles to reaching our activity-related goals. Suppose that you already succeeded in totally overcoming all these obstacles, and are looking back on it now. What did you do that worked? How did it happen for you?
Suppose you were 100% successful in making the physical activity-related changes you want in your life. How would your life be different?
Testing requires TestFlight installed on iPhone or iPod touch using iOS 9.0 or later.
For questions or feedback regarding the mobile app, email: Steps2Health@mdanderson.org