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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.
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.
The purpose of this trial is 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
MY MOVES is funded by the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment to test the use of wearable sensors in monitoring daily exercise-related activities. The study consists of two in-person visits at MD Anderson and a 10-day self-monitoring period with the use of a Fitbit wristband with heart rate tracker and a continuous glucose monitor.
Who can participate in MY MOVES?
- Be 18-65 years old
- Be insufficiently active
- Have a body mass index of 25 or higher
- Not have diabetes
There is no cost to participate and research participants will be compensated for their time.
For more information or to find out if you are eligible to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-745-2727.
MY MOVES Focus Groups
MD Anderson study recruits cancer survivors
As a cancer survivor, there are many actions you can take to improve your health. One of the most important is to exercise and reduce your sedentary time. MD Anderson needs your feedback to develop a wearable sensor-based exercise program to help cancer survivors start exercising and stick with it.
You may be eligible to participate if you:
- Are a survivor of breast or colorectal cancer
- Have finished primary treatment
- Are age 18 or older
- Have a BMI of 25 or higher
- Do not engage in regular exercise
What is involved?
- Attend one online meeting with a discussion group of other cancer survivors
- Complete brief questionnaires
For more information, please email MYMOVES@mdanderson.org
A new study on using technology to increase physical activity is recruiting. Researchers are looking for women aged 45 – 75 who are breast cancer survivors and who are interested in participating.
If you participate, we will provide you with either 1) active video games or 2) self-monitoring app for about one year. We will provide a mobile device to use with them, but you can also choose to use your own smartphone or tablet. We will also provide guidelines for using the devices and weekly counseling phone calls.
Participants will be assigned to one of two different groups randomly, like flipping a coin.
We will provide parking as necessary and a gift card to a local business per participant for those who complete the study.
In addition to the age criteria, several other eligibility criteria include:
• Has gone through menopause (postmenopausal)
• Not current under treatment and have off treatment for 6 months or more
• Not currently physically active (<90 minutes of physical activity per week)
• BMI between 25 – 40
• Physical activity is safe for you
In order to participate in the study, please call based on the contact information we’ve provided. We will ask you a few questions to ensure that you’re eligible for the study and, if so, set up a time for you to attend an orientation. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.
UTMB is starting a free program to increase physical activity within breast cancer support groups. We are looking for women who may be interested in participating in a research study testing this program for 14 weeks. We are looking for women aged 55-79 years old who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
You may be eligible!
- Are you a woman 55-79 years old?
- Has a breast cancer diagnosis?
- Exercise less than 150 minutes per week?
- Has a smartphone, tablet or computer and daily access to reliable internet?
Our participants receive:
- An activity monitor for use during the study
- Weekly breast cancer support
- Physical functioning tests
- Feedback on physical activity
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