"Translation" of the current "basic science" information related to physical activity into
patient intervention programs is needed. This translation is critical to providing benefit
to the maximum number of patients. Little is known about the determinants of physical
activity among breast cancer patients undergoing hormonal therapy and few studies have
attempted to evaluate an exercise behavior change program aimed to improve exercise
adherence among such patients. The proposed project will evaluate use of an innovative
behavioral and psychosocial intervention to increase physical activity among breast cancer
- Female breast cancer patients between the ages of 18 and 70 years of age with a
diagnosis of Stage I, II, or IIIA breast cancer who are currently taking aromatase
inhibitors or selective estrogen receptor modulators for the next 8 months.
- English speaking
- Medical clearance for participation provided by primary care physicians
- If the patient has undergone a surgical procedure, must be at least 6 weeks
- Diagnosis of dementia or organic brain syndrome
- Medical, psychological or social characteristic that would interfere with ability to
fully participate in program activities and assessments (e.g., psychosis,
- Contraindication to participation in a regular physical activity program.
- Metastatic or recurrent disease
- Inability to ambulate
- Engaged in >/= 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity or >/= 150 minutes of
moderate plus vigorous physical activity per week during the past month.