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Web-based Physical Activity Intervention for Young Adult Cancer Survivors

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00791375
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 14, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 20, 2012
Brown University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Carolyn Rabin, The Miriam Hospital

Brief Summary:
The goal of this study is to adapt a previously developed web-based physical activity intervention so that the intervention targets young adult cancer survivors(age 18 to 39). The web-based intervention will then be pilot tested to determine whether it is feasible for and acceptable to young adult cancer survivors; we hypothesize that the intervention will be both feasible and acceptable. Preliminary data on the effects of the intervention on physical activity level, mood and fatigue will also be collected.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cancer Behavioral: Physical activity intervention Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Young adults diagnosed with cancer constitute a particularly vulnerable population whose medical and psychosocial needs are often overlooked. Those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 18 and 39 face a number of increased risks including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, second cancers, and emotional distress. Despite this, only a very small percentage of cancer research has focused on the survivorship issues of young adults. The goal of the proposed research is to address some of the unmet needs among young adult cancer survivors by developing and pilot testing a physical activity intervention for this population. Physical activity was selected as the target behavior as: 1. a high percentage of young adult cancer survivors have a sedentary lifestyle and 2. research has shown that cancer survivors who increase their physical activity experience improved cardiopulmonary function, reduced fatigue, enhanced mood and superior cancer outcomes. The intervention will be based on a previously developed, theoretically-grounded, tailored Internet intervention for sedentary adults. This previously developed intervention uses components of the Transtheoretical Model and Social Cognitive Theory to promote physical activity; for example, participants complete monthly questionnaires online and received tailored feedback reports addressing their self-efficacy, decisional balance and processes of change. The intervention website also includes features such as tips for exercising while caring for young children and local physical activity resources. Two key enhancements will be added to the intervention website in order to target the young adult cancer survivor population- 1. information pertinent to cancer survivors initiating an exercise program and 2. a peer-to-peer support component. Once these enhancements have been added, 10 young adult cancer survivors will evaluate the intervention and provide qualitative feedback. Additional revisions will be made to the intervention, as needed, based on this feedback. The intervention will then be pilot tested with a sample of 40 young adult cancer survivors. Participants will be randomly assigned to an intervention group (receiving 12 weeks of access to the intervention website) or a comparison group (receiving information on three cancer-specific Internet sites). Data on intervention feasibility and acceptability will be collected along with preliminary data on intervention effects (i.e., on physical activity level, mood, and fatigue). The latter will be used for effect size estimates when designing a future efficacy trial.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Web-based Physical Activity Intervention for Young Adult Cancer Survivors
Study Start Date : May 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Physical Activity Intervention
Participants in this arm will be given access to a website designed to help them increase their levels of physical activity
Behavioral: Physical activity intervention
Comparison of providing access to a targeted physical activity web-site v. providing information on cancer-related websites

Placebo Comparator: Cancer Website Control Group
Participants in this arm will be given information on cancer-related websites (that do not provide information on physical activity)
Behavioral: Physical activity intervention
Comparison of providing access to a targeted physical activity web-site v. providing information on cancer-related websites

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Feasibility measure: percentage of weeks that participants enter physical activity goals and information on the intervention website [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  2. Acceptability measure: response to the item "In general how satisfied were you with the intervention?" [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Minutes of moderate-intensity activity on Seven Day PAR [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 39 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18 to 39
  • diagnosed with any form of cancer (except non-melanoma skin cancer) between the ages of 18 and 39 in the past 10 years
  • completed all surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • currently in a cancer remission
  • able to speak and write fluently in English
  • able to access the Internet (at home, school, or work)
  • sedentary.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • currently pregnant or the intention to get pregnant
  • the presence of a known medical condition (e.g., history of CVD) or history of severe psychiatric illness (e.g., psychotic disorder) making participation dangerous or very difficult

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00791375

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United States, Rhode Island
Miriam Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Miriam Hospital
Brown University
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Principal Investigator: Carolyn Rabin The Miriam Hospital
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Responsible Party: Carolyn Rabin, Assistant Professor (Research), The Miriam Hospital Identifier: NCT00791375    
Other Study ID Numbers: CA134197
1R03CA134197 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: November 14, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 20, 2012
Last Verified: April 2012
Keywords provided by Carolyn Rabin, The Miriam Hospital:
young adult
physical activity