Research & Programs
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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
Active Living After Cancer (ALAC) is a program aimed at improving the quality of life of cancer survivors throughout Texas. Through the 12-week program, participants learn about and engage in physical activity and have discussions on a variety of survivorship topics.
Researchers at MD Anderson are looking to learn more about a diet and exercise program designed to decrease body fat in postmenopausal women who are of normal weight but have an elevated risk of breast cancer because of excess body fat.
You may be eligible if you:
- Are an employee at MD Anderson
- Are a postmenopausal woman age 50-69
- Are able to read, speak and write English
- Have a normal BMI (18.5-25)
What is involved in participating?
- Participate in a 16-week program to improve your eating habits and increase physical activity
- Complete one in-person screening visit to measure your body fat
- Complete 2 in-person assessments to measure your height, weight and physical fitness
- Wear a physical activity tracker (Fitbit) that will be provided
- Complete questionnaires online
- May help you be more physically active and change your diet which could improve your health
- Contribute information to cancer prevention research
- There may be no benefits to you directly for participating
Study Contact Info: Call Sara Fares at 713-745-5772 or email ProjectTone@mdanderson.org