A Randomized, Controlled Trial to Determine the Effects of an Exercise Intervention on Physical Activity During Chemotherapy for Patients With Early Stage Breast Cancer


This study is designed to randomly assign breast cancer patients requiring and agreeing to chemotherapy into two groups. One group will be receive an exercise prescription aimed at increasing physical activity by a minimum of 10 MET (metabolic equivalent task) hours per week. The other group will not receive a exercise prescription but their activity will be recorded. The hypothesis is that participants that are most active will exhibit improved chemotherapy completion rates, improved fitness, less fatigue and lower levels of markers for inflammation in their blood.

Study Start Date

June 2014

Estimated Completion Date

June 2017


  • Behavioral: Exercise prescription


  • Obstetrics & Gynecology: Breast
  • Family Medicine: Orthopedic/Physical Med
  • Oncology: Breast

MeSH Terms

  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Early Stage Breast Cancer

Study ID

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center -- D12030



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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Inclusion Criteria

    1. Women or men with histologically confirmed breast cancer and no evidence of metastatic disease with a recommendation to begin chemotherapy within 4 weeks. 2. Patients must have recovered from prior surgery. 3. Patients must be able to walk unassisted without oxygen 4. Patients must complete the Physical Activity Readiness questionnaire with "No" answers to all questions if patient responds with YES answers, OR IS OVER AGE 69, approval must be obtained from the patient's Primary care physician or treating medical oncologist to participate in the study. 5. Able to fast for 12 hours for blood work and Basal Metabolic Rate measurement. 6. Karnofsky performance status > or = to 80%. 7. Previous or ongoing Physical therapy treatments are acceptable. 8. Participants may be enrolled on other treatment-based clinical trials but may not be enrolled on any other weight loss trials. 9. Participants must have a baseline activity level of < 150 minutes/wk of moderate to vigorous activity as calculated using the moderate to vigorous components of the LTEQ (leisure time exercise questionnaire) for physical activity (completed during screening).

Exclusion Criteria

    1. Patients less than 18 years of age. 2. Patients with history of acute MI (myocardial infarction) or CVA (cerebral vascular accident) within the last 12 months. 3. Patients who are oxygen dependent. 4. Patients unable to give informed consent indicating they are aware of the investigational nature of this intervention prior to entry into the study. 5. Patients with a Karnofsky performance status of < 80%. 6. Pregnant. 7. Unable to read or write in English.




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center - Lebanon, New Hampshire 105.5 miles Mary Chamberlin MD 800-639-6918 Cancer.Research.Nurse@Dartmouth.edu

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