A physically active lifestyle and healthy diet could help improve the health and quality of life of endometrial cancer survivors. However little is known about how best to introduce lifestyle advice to this population.
The purpose of this initial phase of the project was therefore to assess the feasibility of running a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a lifestyle programme in endometrial (womb) cancer survivors.
To do this, survivors were put into two different groups. Some women continued with their usual activity and diet. Other women attended an eight-week group meeting to discuss how best to increase their physical activity and how to eat a healthier diet. The intervention focused on self-monitoring, goal setting and self-rewards. Follow-up assessments were conducted at eight and 24 weeks from the baseline assessment. Find about more about the trial.
Initial analysis of the data indicates that lifestyle interventions should incorporate recommendations on managing late-treatment effects, and behaviour change techniques for cognitive, practical and social barriers to healthy lifestyle changes. In addition healthcare professionals were identified as being in a vital position to provide or introduce endometrial cancer survivors to in-person behaviour change interventions in the early post-treatment period. Find out more about the initial findings.
Although data analysis is on-going we can already say that improving health behaviours after cancer treatment is feasible and may help these women to improve their quality of life. A large scale RCT is needed to examine these effects.
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- Recruitment started in April 2015 and ended in December 2015.
- Results have been promising and are currently being written up for publication.