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Aerobic Exercise, Resistance Exercise, or Flexibility and Relaxation Training in Inactive Older Female Breast Cancer Survivors

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00662103
First Posted: April 21, 2008
Last Update Posted: October 15, 2015
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Collaborator:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Aerobic exercise, resistance exercise, and flexibility and relaxation training may reduce fatigue and improve the health and quality of life of breast cancer survivors. It is not yet known which type of exercise is more effective for inactive older female breast cancer survivors.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying aerobic exercise to see how well it works compared with resistance exercise or flexibility and relaxation training in improving the health and quality of life of inactive older female breast cancer survivors.


Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer Cancer Survivor Fatigue Long-term Effects Secondary to Cancer Therapy in Adults Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Behavioral: exercise intervention Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Other: questionnaire administration Other: survey administration Procedure: assessment of therapy complications Procedure: fatigue assessment and management Procedure: management of therapy complications Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Comparison of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise in Older Breast Cancer Survivors

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Further study details as provided by OHSU Knight Cancer Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of the effects of aerobic exercise vs flexibility and relaxation training (control) on fatigue, aerobic capacity, functioning, and health outcomes as measured at baseline and at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months [ Time Frame: baseline,3 ,6 ,12, and 18 months ]
  • Comparison of the effects of resistance exercise vs flexibility and relaxation training (control) on fatigue, muscle strength, functioning, and health outcomes as measured at baseline and at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 , 6 ,12, and 18 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of the relative effects of aerobic exercise vs resistance exercise on fatigue, physical functioning, physical health, and mental health as measured at baseline and at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months [ Time Frame: baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months ]
  • Determination of the mediating effects of fatigue and fitness on the relationship between exercise and physical functioning as measured at baseline and at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months [ Time Frame: baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months ]
  • Comparison of the individual and relative effects of aerobic exercise vs resistance exercise vs flexibility and relaxation training (control) on body composition and on biomarkers of cancer recurrence as measured at baseline and at 3, 6, 12, and 18 ... [ Time Frame: baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months ]

Enrollment: 115
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2010
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: progressive, aerobic exercise program
Patients undergo aerobic exercise training over approximately 45 minutes (not including warm-up or cool-down exercises) 3 days a week for 18 months.
Behavioral: exercise intervention

Arm I (progressive, aerobic exercise program): Patients undergo aerobic exercise training over approximately 45 minutes (not including warm-up or cool-down exercises) 3 days a week for 18 months.

Arm II (progressive, resistance exercise program): Patients undergo resistance exercise training 3 days a week for 18 months.

Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
All biomarkers will be measured from urine, blood and plasma obtained from participants by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). Upon exit from the study we will confirm the presence/absence of metastatic disease, via verbal verification by the subject, in order to ensure that biomarkers were primarily reflective of bone turnover changes and not to metastases.
Other: questionnaire administration
Patients complete questionnaires at baseline and periodically during the study to assess demographic (i.e., age, income) and disease-specific (i.e., stage, treatment) variables, self-report mental and physical function, presence of chronic medical conditions, symptoms, fatigue, exercise outside the study exercise intervention, dietary intake, and psychosocial function.
Other: survey administration
Administered at measured at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months
Procedure: assessment of therapy complications
Follow-up every 6 months (measured at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months )
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
The Schwartz Cancer Fatigue (SCF) scale, a 6-item scale that specifically assesses the level of subjective fatigue that the participant is currently experiencing. The SCF has been used to measure fatigue in previous exercise studies. The Piper Fatigue Scale (PFS) consists of 22 items and four subscales: behavioral/severity, affective meaning, sensory and cognitive/mood. The scale has been shown to detect reductions in fatigue in cancer patients undergoing behavioral interventions to reduce fatigue, including exercise. Responses are averaged for subscale and total scores with higher scores indicating more fatigue. The PFS has been used to measure fatigue in previous studies of illness and/or medical treatments. 15 minute survey
Procedure: management of therapy complications
An interim safety/efficacy review will occur after the first half of enrolled participants completes their 3 month testing appointment (or after 3 months of exercise). The interim safety review will be overseen by OHSU NCI-designated Cancer Institute, while the efficacy review will be conducted by an independent monitor, Dr. George Knafl, a biostatistician in the OHSU School of Nursing, who is not a member of the study personnel.
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
We will include a 6-item measure of self-efficacy for exercise that has been validated in adults (Nigg, 2002) and has been used by Dr. Bennett (Co-I) in current work in cancer survivors. 5 min. survey
Active Comparator: progressive, resistance exercise program
Patients undergo resistance exercise training 3 days a week for 18 months.
Behavioral: exercise intervention

Arm I (progressive, aerobic exercise program): Patients undergo aerobic exercise training over approximately 45 minutes (not including warm-up or cool-down exercises) 3 days a week for 18 months.

Arm II (progressive, resistance exercise program): Patients undergo resistance exercise training 3 days a week for 18 months.

Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
All biomarkers will be measured from urine, blood and plasma obtained from participants by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). Upon exit from the study we will confirm the presence/absence of metastatic disease, via verbal verification by the subject, in order to ensure that biomarkers were primarily reflective of bone turnover changes and not to metastases.
Other: questionnaire administration
Patients complete questionnaires at baseline and periodically during the study to assess demographic (i.e., age, income) and disease-specific (i.e., stage, treatment) variables, self-report mental and physical function, presence of chronic medical conditions, symptoms, fatigue, exercise outside the study exercise intervention, dietary intake, and psychosocial function.
Other: survey administration
Administered at measured at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months
Procedure: assessment of therapy complications
Follow-up every 6 months (measured at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months )
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
The Schwartz Cancer Fatigue (SCF) scale, a 6-item scale that specifically assesses the level of subjective fatigue that the participant is currently experiencing. The SCF has been used to measure fatigue in previous exercise studies. The Piper Fatigue Scale (PFS) consists of 22 items and four subscales: behavioral/severity, affective meaning, sensory and cognitive/mood. The scale has been shown to detect reductions in fatigue in cancer patients undergoing behavioral interventions to reduce fatigue, including exercise. Responses are averaged for subscale and total scores with higher scores indicating more fatigue. The PFS has been used to measure fatigue in previous studies of illness and/or medical treatments. 15 minute survey
Procedure: management of therapy complications
An interim safety/efficacy review will occur after the first half of enrolled participants completes their 3 month testing appointment (or after 3 months of exercise). The interim safety review will be overseen by OHSU NCI-designated Cancer Institute, while the efficacy review will be conducted by an independent monitor, Dr. George Knafl, a biostatistician in the OHSU School of Nursing, who is not a member of the study personnel.
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
We will include a 6-item measure of self-efficacy for exercise that has been validated in adults (Nigg, 2002) and has been used by Dr. Bennett (Co-I) in current work in cancer survivors. 5 min. survey
Active Comparator: flexibility and relaxation training [control]
Patients perform a series of whole body flexibility (stretching) and relaxation (guided imagery, progressive neuromuscular relaxation, focused breathing) exercises 3 days a week for 18 months.
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
All biomarkers will be measured from urine, blood and plasma obtained from participants by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). Upon exit from the study we will confirm the presence/absence of metastatic disease, via verbal verification by the subject, in order to ensure that biomarkers were primarily reflective of bone turnover changes and not to metastases.
Other: questionnaire administration
Patients complete questionnaires at baseline and periodically during the study to assess demographic (i.e., age, income) and disease-specific (i.e., stage, treatment) variables, self-report mental and physical function, presence of chronic medical conditions, symptoms, fatigue, exercise outside the study exercise intervention, dietary intake, and psychosocial function.
Other: survey administration
Administered at measured at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months
Procedure: assessment of therapy complications
Follow-up every 6 months (measured at baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months )
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
The Schwartz Cancer Fatigue (SCF) scale, a 6-item scale that specifically assesses the level of subjective fatigue that the participant is currently experiencing. The SCF has been used to measure fatigue in previous exercise studies. The Piper Fatigue Scale (PFS) consists of 22 items and four subscales: behavioral/severity, affective meaning, sensory and cognitive/mood. The scale has been shown to detect reductions in fatigue in cancer patients undergoing behavioral interventions to reduce fatigue, including exercise. Responses are averaged for subscale and total scores with higher scores indicating more fatigue. The PFS has been used to measure fatigue in previous studies of illness and/or medical treatments. 15 minute survey
Procedure: management of therapy complications
An interim safety/efficacy review will occur after the first half of enrolled participants completes their 3 month testing appointment (or after 3 months of exercise). The interim safety review will be overseen by OHSU NCI-designated Cancer Institute, while the efficacy review will be conducted by an independent monitor, Dr. George Knafl, a biostatistician in the OHSU School of Nursing, who is not a member of the study personnel.
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
We will include a 6-item measure of self-efficacy for exercise that has been validated in adults (Nigg, 2002) and has been used by Dr. Bennett (Co-I) in current work in cancer survivors. 5 min. survey

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  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Diagnosis of breast cancer

    • Stage 0-III disease
  • Completed chemotherapy or radiotherapy > 2 years ago
  • Is not a regular participant in moderate aerobic exercise (i.e., jogging, swimming) or moderate resistance exercise (> 3 times/week for ≥ 30 minutes/session) OR in vigorous aerobic or resistance exercise (> 3 times/week for ≥ 20 minutes/session)
  • No stage IV breast cancer
  • Hormone receptor status not specified

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Menopausal status not specified
  • Has obtained medical clearance to participate in study exercise programs
  • No cognitive difficulties that would preclude answering the survey questions, participating in the performance tests, or giving informed consent
  • No medical condition or movement or neurological disorder that would contraindicate participation in moderate intensity exercise training, as determined by physician clearance and the Principal Investigator

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No concurrent medication that would contraindicate participation in moderate intensity exercise training, as determined by physician clearance and the Principal Investigator
  • Concurrent hormonal therapy (e.g., selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) or aromatase inhibitor) for breast cancer allowed
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00662103


Locations
United States, Oregon
Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239-3098
Sponsors and Collaborators
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00662103     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00665080
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000593410
R01CA120123 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
P30CA069533 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
OHSU-CR00005268
OHSU-IRB00003316
First Submitted: April 18, 2008
First Posted: April 21, 2008
Last Update Posted: October 15, 2015
Last Verified: October 2015

Keywords provided by OHSU Knight Cancer Institute:
fatigue
long-term effects secondary to cancer therapy in adults
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
cancer survivor
stage IA breast cancer
stage IB breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer
stage IIIC breast cancer
breast cancer in situ

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


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