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Physical Activity or Usual Care in Preventing Weight Gain in Women With Stage I or Stage II Breast Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Fox Chase Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 30, 2007
Last updated: February 11, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

RATIONALE: Physical activity may prevent or reduce weight gain in women receiving chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase I/II trial is studying physical activity to see how well it works compared with usual care to prevent or reduce weight gain in women with stage I or stage II breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Depression Fatigue Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Weight Changes Behavioral: exercise intervention Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: CAM exercise therapy Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care Procedure: quality-of-life assessment Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Physical Activity Intervention to Prevent Weight Gain in Breast Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by Fox Chase Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Accrual (phase I)
  • Retention (phase I)
  • Weight change after 6 months (phase II)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adiposity as measured by waist circumference at 3 and 6 months
  • Health-related quality of life as measured by the Short-Form Health Survey-12 Physical and Mental Component Summary scales
  • Depressive symptomology as measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale

Estimated Enrollment: 380
Study Start Date: June 2007
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


Inclusion criteria:

  • Diagnosis of primary breast cancer

    • Newly diagnosed stage I or II disease
  • Receiving care at a participating Fox Chase Cancer Center CCOP Research Base (FCRB) member site

    • Geisinger Clinic and Medical Center (phase I)
    • Main Line Health (phase I)
    • Any of the other participating FCRB member sites (phase II)
  • Study intervention is scheduled to begin anytime after surgery up to 3 months after completion of adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Treatment plan includes adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Hormone receptor status not specified

Exclusion criteria:

  • Treatment plan includes trastuzumab (Herceptin®) or bevacizumab
  • Recurrent breast cancer


Inclusion criteria:

  • Female
  • Premenopausal or postmenopausal
  • Has obtained medical clearance by oncologist and breast surgeon to participate in this study
  • Body mass index ≥ 20 kg/m^2 and < 39 kg/m^2

Exclusion criteria:

  • Hemoglobin < 12 g/dL
  • ANC < 1,500/mm^3
  • Any medical condition that restricts participation in a physical activity program (e.g., exercise-induced angina, uncontrolled hypertension, dementia, or a major psychological problem)
  • Answers "yes" to any questions on the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and PAR-Q not reviewed by a physician who subsequently approves participation in the physical activity intervention
  • Known to be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Unwilling to commit or unable to participate in a 6-month physical activity intervention (unable to exercise, usually travels away from home overnight more than once per week, and/or has plans to be away from home for more than two weeks in the next 6 months)
  • Previously diagnosed with another primary cancer other than basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
  • Exercising regularly prior to intervention (i.e., reports current participation in vigorous or moderate activity at least 3 days per week for at least 30 minutes each day on the International Physical Activity Questionnaire)
  • Unable to speak and read English


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No neoadjuvant chemotherapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00509626

United States, Pennsylvania
Fox Chase Cancer Center - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111-2497
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fox Chase Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Penny Anderson, MD Fox Chase Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00509626     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000555830
P30CA006927 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: July 30, 2007
Last Updated: February 11, 2010

Keywords provided by Fox Chase Cancer Center:
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
weight changes
stage I breast cancer
stage II breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Body Weight
Weight Gain
Body Weight Changes
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Behavioral Symptoms
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