Carolyn Rabin, PhD
The Miriam Hospital
Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
Coro West, Suite 309
164 Summit Ave
Providence, RI 02906
Web Based Physical Activity Intervention for Young Adult Cancer Survivors 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 their increased risks, very little research has targeted young adult cancer survivors and there is evidence that they have many unmet psychosocial and behavioral health needs. The goal of this study is to address some of these unmet needs by developing and pilot testing a physical activity intervention for young adult cancer survivors. The intervention is based on a previously developed, theoretically-grounded, tailored Internet intervention for sedentary adults. Two key enhancements have been added to the intervention website in order to target young adult cancer survivors: 1) information pertinent to cancer survivors initiating an exercise program and 2) a peer-to-peer support component. Ten young adult cancer survivors evaluated the targeted intervention website and provided qualitative feedback. Their feedback was used to make additional revisions and the revised intervention is now being pilot tested. Participants recruited for the pilot test are randomly assigned to an intervention group (receiving 12 weeks of access to the intervention website) or a comparison group (receiving information on other cancer-specific Internet sites). Data on intervention feasibility and acceptability is being collected along with preliminary data on intervention effects (i.e., on physical activity level, mood, and fatigue).
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Rabin, PhD
Co-Investigators: Bess Marcus, PhD, Fred Schiffman, MD
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Dates: 2008 - 2010
Exercise And Relaxation Intervention for Young Adult Cancer Survivors There is evidence that cancer diagnosis and treatment during young adulthood puts survivors at risk for a number of medical and psychosocial difficulties including cardiovascular disease, second cancers and psychological distress. This study is aimed at developing a physical activity and relaxation intervention for young adult cancer survivors in order to address some of these risks. The objective of the study is to pilot test a 12-week theoretically grounded physical activity and relaxation intervention for young adult cancer survivors. Sixty participants will be recruited for the study and randomly assigned to receive a 12-week physical activity and relaxation intervention or to a wait list control group. The intervention is designed to help young adult cancer survivors begin a program of moderate-intensity activity and learn mindfulness meditation. We hypothesize that the intervention will be feasible for and acceptable to young adult cancer survivors. We also hypothesize that the intervention group will demonstrate increased levels of physical activity, improved mood and reduced fatigue relative to the wait list control group at a follow-up assessment. In addition, we will conduct exploratory tests of intervention effects on fitness, flexibility, body mass, and waist circumference.
Co-Investigators: Bernardine Pinto, PhD, Fred Schiffman, MD, Don Dizon, MD, Joseph Fava, PhD
Funding Agency: American Cancer Society
Dates: 2009 - 2013