Study of Health Promotion in Patients With Early-Stage Breast or Prostate Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University Identifier:
First received: May 13, 2002
Last updated: July 11, 2014
Last verified: November 2012

RATIONALE: Telephone counseling by a nutritionist and a personal trainer may improve physical function and quality of life in patients who have early-stage breast cancer or prostate cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of a home-based, diet and exercise-based counseling program with that of a standard home-based counseling program in promoting health in patients who have early-stage breast cancer or prostate cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
Procedure: nutritional support
Procedure: physical therapy
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Study Type: Interventional
Official Title: Project LEAD: Promoting Health Among Populations With Early Stage Cancers

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Study Start Date: April 2002
Study Completion Date: October 2004
Primary Completion Date: February 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Compare the efficacy of a diet and exercise-based home-based counseling program versus a standard home-based counseling program for improving physical function at 6 and 12 months for patients with early-stage breast or prostate cancer.
  • Compare the effects of these home-based programs on diet quality, physical activity, weight status, depression, and quality of life of these patients.
  • Compare the factors, such as gender, race, and social support, that interact with these home-based programs to predict program efficacy in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive home-based telephone counseling by a personal nutritionist and a personal trainer.
  • Arm II: Patients receive home-based standard health telephone counseling in unrelated areas of cancer care (e.g., sun exposure, screening, and falls prevention).

In both arms, counseling continues every 2 weeks for 6 months.

Patients are followed at 6 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 420 patients (210 per arm) will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of early-stage breast or prostate cancer within the past 18 months
  • Dietary and physical activity habits and baseline functional status that places patient at risk
  • Potentially able to increase physical activity and to follow a low-fat, plant-based diet
  • Hormone receptor status:

    • Not specified



  • 65 and over


  • Male or female

Menopausal status:

  • Not specified

Performance status:

  • Not specified

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Able to speak and write English
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • No other illness or condition that would preclude adherence to a plant-based diet or exercise


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00037024

United States, North Carolina
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD Duke Cancer Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT00037024     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00009493, DUMC-1547-02-8R4ER, DUMC-1547-00-8R2ER, NCI-H02-0088, CDR0000069355
Study First Received: May 13, 2002
Last Updated: July 11, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Duke University:
stage I breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage I prostate cancer
stage II B prostate cancer
stage II A prostate cancer
male breast cancer
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Neoplasms by Site
Nutrition Disorders
Prostatic Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms processed this record on November 25, 2015