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Targeting the Teachable Moment: A Lifestyle Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

18 Years
80 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

Targeting the Teachable Moment: A Lifestyle Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

Participants will be assigned randomly to one of three groups: 1) newly developed mail-based
intervention (Targeting the Teachable Moment Intervention; TTMI), 2) standard Lifestyle
Intervention (SLM), and 3) usual care. Both TTMI and SLM focus on health behaviors, however
TTMI additionally addresses psychosocial issues specific to breast cancer survivors.

All participants will complete questionnaires at the time they start the study, the end of
the 4 months, and 3 months later for a follow-up.

If participants are assigned to any of the intervention group, they will receive materials
every other week for 4 months. If participants are assigned to the usual care group, they
will receive the same materials as the standard lifestyle intervention et the end of the 7

Inclusion Criteria:

- First diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 1.5 years

- stage 0~2 breast cancer

- no prior adjuvant treatment for another cancer

- Can read and write English

- Are not participating in other health behavior research right now

Exclusion Criteria:

- apparent serious mental disturbance

- male breast cancer survivors

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Changes in eating habits measured by the National Cancer Institute Quick Food Scan

Outcome Description:

Diet habits (amount of fat and fruit/vegetable uptake) will be assessed at 3 times: at baseline, at the end of the 4 months, and at the end of 7 months.

Outcome Time Frame:

Meaured at baseline, 4 months, and 7 months

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Crystal L. Park, Ph.D

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Connecticut


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

April 2011

Completion Date:

January 2014

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • breast cancer survivors
  • lifestyle intervention
  • health behaviors
  • Breast Neoplasms



University of Connecticut Farmington, Connecticut  06032