Exercise Program or Health Education Program in Reducing Fatigue and Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2009 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : June 12, 2006
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: An exercise program or health education program may help relieve fatigue and pain and improve the quality of life in women who are breast cancer survivors. It is not yet known whether an exercise program is more effective than a health education program or no program in reducing fatigue and pain in women who are breast cancer survivors.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying an exercise program to see how well it works in reducing fatigue and pain compared to a health education program or no program in women who are breast cancer survivors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Breast Cancer Cancer Survivor Fatigue Pain Behavioral: exercise intervention Other: educational intervention Procedure: complementary or alternative medicine procedure Procedure: fatigue assessment and management Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: pain therapy Procedure: quality-of-life assessment Not Applicable

Detailed Description:


  • Determine whether a moderate-intensity exercise program comprising cardiorespiratory and resistance training of the legs, back, abdominal, trunk, and arm musculature vs a control group attenuates fatigue and pain in breast cancer survivors.
  • Determine whether this exercise program will significantly improve the quality of life of these patients.
  • Determine whether this exercise program can significantly reduce the number of days of absenteeism from work in these patients.
  • Determine whether this exercise program can significantly attenuate mood disturbances in these patients.

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

  • Arm I (exercise program): Patients participate in an exercise program comprising cardiorespiratory (walking on a treadmill) and resistance training for 1 hour, 3 times weekly for 12 weeks.
  • Arm II (control): Patients undergo no intervention. In both arms, patients complete questionnaires regarding general health, mood, work attendance, and physical activity before the start of study treatment and then every 3 weeks for 12 weeks. Patients also complete a 7-day physical activity diary and sleep diary every 3 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 54 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 54 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Official Title: The Effects of Cross Training on Fatigue and Pain Levels in Breast Cancer Survivors
Study Start Date : January 2006
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2008

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Breast cancer survivor
  • Received adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy for breast cancer only

    • Must have completed treatment 2-6 months ago
  • Hormone receptor status not specified


  • Female
  • Menopausal status not specified
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 11 g/dL
  • Able to read English
  • No high-risk for cardiovascular problems during exercise, including any of the following:

    • Unstable heart disease
    • Unstable angina
    • Chronic respiratory disease
    • Dizziness
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • No severe respiratory disease requiring oxygen therapy
  • No history of anorexia (body mass index [BMI] < 18.5) or severe obesity (BMI > 35)
  • No history of multiple cancers
  • No shortness of breath or hypotension
  • No sudden swelling of the ankles, hands or face
  • No palpitations or arrhythmias
  • No persistent and intolerable pain
  • No major acute illness (e.g., fever or respiratory infection)


  • See Disease Characteristics

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00336089

United States, Georgia
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30342-1701
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta    404-851-7115      
Clayton State University Recruiting
Morrow, Georgia, United States, 30260-0285
Contact: Melanie Poudevigne, PhD    678-466-4937   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Clayton State University
Study Chair: Melanie Poudevigne, PhD Clayton State University Identifier: NCT00336089     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000466676
First Posted: June 12, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 17, 2013
Last Verified: July 2009

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
cancer survivor
breast cancer in situ
inflammatory breast cancer
stage IA breast cancer
stage IB breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer
stage IIIC breast cancer
stage IV breast cancer
recurrent breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Signs and Symptoms