Increasing physical activity after a diagnosis of breast cancer has been shown to improve both physical and emotional health, and overall quality of life. It can help improve body weight, muscle strength, confidence, mood, depression and anxiety. Research also indicates that regular exercise may also reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back yet many women who have had breast cancer struggle to start exercising or increase their level of activity without help. .
Cancer Council Victoria is running a trial to help women who have finished treatment for breast cancer to get active. The ACTIVATE (ACTIVity and TEchnology) trial will test whether using wearable technology activity monitors (the Garmin vivofit 2®) can increase physical activity and reduce sitting time amongst among women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. Wearable technology activity monitors track and record a person's fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep.To take part in the ACTIVATE trial, you will need to:
- Have been post-menopausal at the time of your breast cancer diagnosis;
- Have been diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer;
- Have completed your active treatment (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy) at least six months ago being on hormone therapy (e.g. tamoxifen, anastrozole, letrozole or exemestane) is acceptable;
- Currently be physically inactive (i.e. doing less than 75 minutes per week of moderate-vigorous physical activity) and spend at least six hours per day sitting.
Other eligibility criteria include being able to speak/write fluently in English and having daily access to a smart phone, mobile device or personal computer.
If you're interested in getting involved or finding out more about the ACTIVATE trial please download the participant information sheet from www.cancervic.org.au or contact Brigid Lynch, Principal Investigator on (03) 9514 6209 or email Brigid.Lynch@cancervic.org.au.
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I was diagnosed in April with her 2 breast cancer and had a lumpectomy 10 weeks ago. At the time I coped quite well I am 53 and although surprised at the time and shocked I seem to handle it. As I have made the decision not to have chemo and radium and herceptin after a great deal of research on the side affects and statistics it is now I am scared and seem not to be able to cope. For every pain or every time I feel nauseous I get incrediably scared and constantly cannot feel happy anymore. I think I am going to die and seem not to be able to move on. Last week I had a pet scan which was great news it revealed at present no cancer anywhere however this still doesnt seem to make me feel any better. I am wondering if anyone else is in the same situation. I have coped a lot of flack regarding my decision not to do the standard of care treatment most go with and although I feel I have made the best decision for me, I get nervous when most people express their opinion on my decision. Any one out there that maybe is in this situation and I can talk to I am sure would help as I feel I am sinking into a hole I may not be able to get out of and before my diagnosis I was so happy and loved my life I just want to feel secure and safe and desperately want to feel happy again......