Reducing Sitting Time after Cancer Treatment
Recently, we wrapped up a collaboration with Baystate Health System’s Regional Breast Cancer Program and Rays of Hope Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
The purpose of the behavioral intervention was to assist breast cancer survivors in follow-up to reduce their sedentary time, through provision of tailored feedback from wearable monitors and a series of suggestions for modifying their personal environments in ways that would automatically help them to be more active.
This was the cancer center’s first Federally-registered behavioral cancer clinical trial (www.clinicaltrials.gov). The site PI for Baystate was Dr. Grace Makari-Judson. UMASS Kinesiology PhD-graduate Dr. Rich Viskochil helped design the study, in partnership with Dr. Rachel Walker of the College of Nursing. CON PhD student AnnMarie Moraitis and UMASS Kinesiology PhD graduate Amanda Hickey were also key partners. Baystate staff Ruth Barham and nurse Jeanne Gagliarducci helped implement the study.
CON faculty Lucy Carvalho, Erin Lamoureux, and Katie Bobianski also contributed to the intervention.