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Community Volunteers Promoting Physical Activity Among Cancer Survivors

21 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

Community Volunteers Promoting Physical Activity Among Cancer Survivors

The current study, a randomized controlled trial, represents the next step in our efforts to
extend the research on physical activity to the community setting; community volunteers will
deliver the intervention, thereby making physical activity interventions much more
accessible to survivors. In partnership with the National ACS office (Atlanta, GA) and the
New England ACS Division, researchers at the Miriam Hospital will share their skills,
experience and resources to examine the effects of training RTR volunteers to deliver brief
physical activity counseling to breast cancer survivors. Fifteen to twenty RTR volunteers
will be trained to offer a 12-week telephone-based PA program as a supplement to 12-week RTR
services (RTR Plus) vs. delivering the standard 12-week RTR services (RTR) to 108 breast
cancer survivors. Assessments of physical activity, fatigue and other outcomes will be
completed at baseline, 12 weeks and 24 weeks. Data on side-effects of the intervention and
costs of intervention delivery will be tracked. If the proposed randomized trial
demonstrates positive effects, the results will be used to design and support a
dissemination trial of the effects of physical activity promotion to enhance cancer recovery
in a community setting.

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

- Women aged 21 years or over with Stage 0-3 breast cancer will be eligible if they:

- Are requesting Reach to Recovery services from the American Cancer Society.

- Have been diagnosed in the past 5 years with Stage 0-3 breast cancer.

- Are able to read and speak English.

- Are ambulatory.

- Are sedentary (i.e., do not meet recommendations for moderate-intensity PA [30
minutes/ day or more for at least 5 days/ week] or vigorous-intensity PA [20
minutes/day or more for at least 3 days/week].

- Are able to walk unassisted.

- Have access to a telephone.

Exclusion criteria:

- Women with:

- More advanced disease (Stage 4).

- Medical or psychiatric problems (e.g., substance abuse, coronary artery disease,
peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, and orthopedic problems) that may
interfere with protocol adherence will not be included.

- Participants will be asked to provide consent for medical chart review to extract
disease and treatment variables. Eligible participants will obtain medical clearance
from their physicians.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

Physical activity - recorded via accelerometer and through interviewer-administered Seven Day Activity Recall (7 day PAR).

Outcome Time Frame:

Baseline, 12 weeks, 24 weeks

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Bernardine M. Pinto, Ph.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

The Miriam Hospital


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

January 2010

Completion Date:

January 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity
  • Community volunteers
  • Peer mentors
  • Peer coaches
  • Social support
  • Breast Neoplasms



Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, The Miriam Hospital, One Hoppin Street, Suite 314 Providence, Rhode Island  02903