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October 22, 2010

SIU Med School Studies Exercise in Breast Cancer Survivors

Women who have had breast cancer are being recruited by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for two studies to determine the benefits of exercise programs for breast cancer patients.  Both studies are being 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 these studies we are evaluating whether an exercise program improves physical activity, behavior, quality of life and overall health.  Exercise may also help them sleep better and reduce stress levels,” said Dr. Laura Q. Rogers, who is leading the studies.  She is an associate professor of internal medicine and a member of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.

Women age 18 to 70, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are able and willing to start an exercise program are being sought for the two studies. 

The BEAT cancer study is evaluating how to increase the level of exercise by women after their breast cancer treatment.  The ABLE study is looking at how cancer survivors who are fatigued or don’t sleep well are affected when they exercise regularly.

The BEAT cancer study measures the benefits of a three-month program which involves 12 supervised exercise sessions, multiple home exercise sessions and six group meetings.  Participants will be in the study for one year with about half being randomly assigned to the exercise program. 

The ABLE study will look at breast cancer survivors who are not exercising and are tired or have trouble sleeping.  About half of the participants will be randomly assigned to a 12-week exercise program so that their fatigue, poor sleep and related blood markers of inflammation can be studied.
There is no charge to the participants for the programs and tests related to the studies. 

If you are interested in participating in one of the studies, call Cathy Naritoku, 217-545-7750 or Amanda Fogleman, 217-545-0592, weekdays or e-mail: