The ACTIVATE trial
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.