Take Charge During Treatment
Were you recently diagnosed with breast cancer?
Consider joining our study to help us improve heart health and quality of life for women with breast cancer. By joining the study, you will help us better understand how to improve approaches to care for other women diagnosed with breast cancer.
The goal of the study is to understand how cancer treatment impacts the heart and how exercise could lessen these impacts.View Take Charge During Treatment Flyer (PDF)
The Study: Breast Cancer Treatment and Heart Health
There are 2 groups in the study and you may be randomized into one of two groups: the control (treatment as usual with exercise guidance) or intervention (supervised exercise program).
What is randomization?
Randomization means that you are selected by chance to participate in either the intervention (the exercise program) or the study control group.
How can I participate?
You may be a good fit for this program if you:
- are female and 18 years or older
- have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer
- identify as African-American or Non-Hispanic White
What can I expect if I participate?
You should expect to:
- complete health and fitness assessments
- have blood drawn and undergo a fat biopsy
- be randomized into the control or intervention
Take Charge Participant FAQ
We want to learn how to improve the quality of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
This study is meant to help us get a better understanding of:
- How breast cancer treatment drugs impact the heart
- How certain social and neighborhood factors impact heart health after cancer treatment
- If exercise can help improve heart health after cancer treatment
Research shows that exercise strengthens the heart and increases the quality of life for people without cancer.
The idea is, if you participate in the ‘Take Charge’ exercise program, designed to strengthen your heart while you receive cancer treatment, that may help "protect" the heart from some of the effects of chemotherapy.
- An activity tracker and resistance bands
- “Take Charge During Treatment” program binder containing the 16-20 weekly lessons to increase knowledge and provide support related to physical activity and strength training
- Weekly virtual coaching sessions
- Supportive text messages 2-4 times a week from a member of the team
If you are in the control group, you will receive:
- A one-page summary of exercise recommendations
- Weekly supportive text messages from a member of the team
- Four one –one-1 exercise coaching sessions after the completion of the study
- “Take Charge During Treatment” program binder offered after completion of the study
- An activity tracker and resistance bands after completion of the study
- Handgrip strength test (to measure total body muscle strength)
- Sit-to-stand test (measures the number of sit to stand repetitions you can do in 30 seconds)
- 6 minute walk test (to measure your heart fitness)
- VO2 peak assessment (on a bicycle)
- Flow mediated dilation
- Pulse Wave Velocity
You will also be asked to:
- Have blood drawn
- Undergo a fat biopsy
- Fill out surveys about your neighborhood and quality of life
See the Research Activities Schedule (PDF) for more information.
You will be expected to participate in:
- 150 minutes of moderate activity (like brisk walking, bicycling, dancing) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running, spin, high intensity workouts) each week
- Resistance training at least twice a week
One on one coaching sessions will be hosted virtually (video chat, Zoom, FaceTime, etc.) and led by a coach certified in cancer exercise training.
Exercise from the comfort of your own home or any location that has access to stable connection and space to move! The research team will provide technology assistance as needed.
Please call or email Courtney if you're interested in the study.