Healthy lifestyle intervention for African American uterine cancer survivors: Study protocol

Jessica Lynn Stewart, Gina B. Besenyi, Lovoria B. Williams, Victoria Burt, Judith C. Anglin, Sharad A. Ghamande, Steven Scott Coughlin

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Abstract

Background Cancer of the uterine corpus is the most common gynecologic malignancy and the fourth most common cancer in U.S. women. There is a racial disparity in the survival from endometrial cancer and this may be addressed by culturally-tailored lifestyle interventions to help African American (AA) endometrial cancer survivors lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Objective The overall purpose of this pilot study is to develop and evaluate a culturally-tailored lifestyle intervention to help AA uterine cancer survivors reduce their risk of cancer recurrence and improve their quality of life through healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management. While many interventions have been evaluated to assist cancer survivors through diet and physical activity, few have focused on AA women with a uterine cancer diagnosis. Methods Community-engaged research principles are being followed. This study was developed with input from the Augusta University (AU) College of Nursing Community Advisory Board (CAB) and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center at AU. Weekly sessions throughout a 12-week intervention will include physical activity and lectures on improving nutritional status. The pre/post-test design includes baseline and 6-month follow-up, where participants will complete a questionnaire that assesses knowledge and attitudes about physical activity, nutrition, uterine cancer, social support, and quality of life. Conclusions From this pilot study, we will learn more about the feasibility and integration of healthy lifestyle interventions in this patient population, and the results can provide an opportunity for a larger-scale, multi-center study with a randomized controlled design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials Communications
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Quality of life
  • Uterine cancer survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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