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May 12, 2011

Breast Cancer Survivors Being Recruited for Study at SIU Medical School

Another group of women who have had breast cancer are being recruited by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for a study to determine the effectiveness of an exercise program designed to help breast cancer patients.   The study is being nationally funded by the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

“Having breast cancer frequently causes women to exercise less after their diagnosis.  In this study, we are evaluating whether an exercise program lessens fatigue and improves the ability to sleep,” said Dr. Laura Q. Rogers, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU, who is directing the study.  Twenty-four women have already participated in this study.

Women ages 30 to 70, who have a history of breast cancer and are able and willing to start an exercise program, are being sought.  Participants will randomly be assigned to a 12-week exercise program so that their fatigue, poor sleep and related blood markers of inflammation can be studied.  The program includes supervised exercise sessions, exercise sessions at home and discussion group meetings.

There is no charge to the participants for the tests related to the study.  Results can be shared with the participant’s personal physician at the end of the study.
A member of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, Rogers has been studying exercise and breast cancer since 2002.  Her previous research focused on healthy lifestyles related to high cholesterol management, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.  She joined the SIU faculty in 2000.  Rogers is board certified in internal medicine.

If you are interested in participating in the study, call Amanda Fogleman, 217-545-0592 weekdays, or e-mail BEATcancer@siumed.edu.

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