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BEAT Cancer Study

Researcher
Edward McAuley, PhD, at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Urbana, IL and Laura Rogers, MD, MPH, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Study abstract

The research team's piloted physical activity behavior change intervention for breast cancer survivors significantly improved physical activity and health outcomes post-intervention. Testing in additional sites with longer follow-up is warranted to confirm program effectiveness short and longer term. Importantly, the pilot intervention resulted in changes in physical activity and social cognitive theory constructs, enhancing the team's potential for testing mechanisms mediating physical activity behavior change. The team's current multi-center, randomized controlled trial will enroll 356 breast cancer survivors. The primary study aim is to compare the effects of the BEAT Cancer physical activity behavior change intervention to usual care on short and longer term physical activity adherence among breast cancer survivors.

Study review

This study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is evaluating the effectiveness of the BEAT Cancer exercise program. The research team is comparing the effects of the BEAT Cancer exercise intervention to usual care (written materials about exercise for cancer survivors) on short- and longer-term physical activity adherence among breast cancer survivors. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 256 volunteers and used the Army of Women (AOW) as one of their recruitment sources. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 29, 2011, and the researchers closed enrollment on Sept. 28, 2015. The AOW provided them with 64 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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