This is a proposal for a pilot study to explore the feasibility of implementing an exercise program for Puerto Rican female patients who are breast cancer survivors. Participants will be randomly assigned to a gym-exercise group, a home-exercise group, or a non-exercise group. The proposed intervention will consist of an individualized, moderate intensity exercise program, offered for a 26-week period.
Specific aims for this study are: 1. to determine the potential benefits and complications of participating in the proposed exercise programs (gym-exercise and home-exercise programs), as opposed to standard care, and 2. to describe physical activity determinants and adherence to the exercise programs. Design: Multigroup Pretest-Posttest Control-Group. Methods: Ninety women, newly diagnosed with breast cancer, who have received surgical treatment, and have completed their adjuvant therapy, will be recruited by advertising to the general public. The women will be randomly assigned to a gym-exercise group, a home-exercise group, or a non-exercise group. The non-exercise group will receive standard care by continuing to use existing resources. The gym-exercise group will participate in a supervised, individualized aerobic and strengthening exercise program, requiring attendance to a gym three times per week, over 26 weeks. The home-exercise group will exercise at their homes and in their neighborhoods, participating in an individualized walking program and a resistance exercise program with elastic bands, over 26 weeks. Data will be collected on all participants, at baseline, at week 13 and at week 26. Outcome measurements will consist of functional evaluation, 12-minute walk test, upper extremity volume, handgrip strength, shoulder range of motion, weight, and quality of life.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Minority Biomedical Research Support - MBRS (S06)
Project #
5S06GM008224-22
Application #
7277173
Study Section
Minority Programs Review Committee (MPRC)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2006-08-01
Budget End
2007-07-31
Support Year
22
Fiscal Year
2006
Total Cost
$35,000
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Puerto Rico Med Sciences
Department
Type
DUNS #
948108063
City
San Juan
State
PR
Country
United States
Zip Code
00936
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