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Weight Loss to Prevent BCRL: A Pilot Study

18 Years
70 Years
Not Enrolling
Obesity, Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

Weight Loss to Prevent BCRL: A Pilot Study

Breast cancer related lymphedema occurs in 20-30% of survivors. Weight loss could prevent
onset. We seek to do a pilot study to establish feasibility of 1) recruiting survivors at
risk for lymphedema to do a weight loss intervention, 2) achieving 10-15% weight loss over
26 weeks in this population, and 3) attendance at follow-up visits 6 months.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Women

- Breast Cancer Survivors who had 5 or more lymph nodes removed and radiation to lymph
nodes as part of treatment.

- Completed all treatments - no metastatic cancers

- Overweight or obese (BMI greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2)

- Medically and logistically able to participate in a weight loss and exercise program
over 6 months.

- Diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 2 years.

Exclusion Criteria:

- More than 2 years since breast cancer diagnosis

- Medical status that would preclude safety of participation in a weight loss and
exercise program

- Metastatic cancer

- Already enrolled in a weight loss program

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort

Outcome Measure:

Follow-up Appts.

Outcome Description:

The primary outcome will be the precent of participants who complete 6 month follow-up appointments.

Outcome Time Frame:

6 months

Safety Issue:



United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

UPCC 15110



Start Date:

July 2010

Completion Date:

October 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Obesity
  • Breast Cancer
  • obese women (BMI greater than or equal to 30), do not already have a diagnosis of lymphedema, who are done
  • with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, and who were diagnosed with breast cancer within the
  • past 2 years will be invited to participate.
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Obesity



Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104-4283