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The UNC Get REAL & HEEL (GR&H) program has provided after treatment support for women with a breast cancer diagnosis since 2006. The 16-week program includes an individualized training program and the opportunity to continue working out in the GR&H facilities at the conclusion of the 16-week program. The purpose of this protocol is to implement a research agenda at GR&H that will examine the efficacy of the program. The primary aim of this study is a pre-post test of the impact of the GR&H program (standardized combination of aerobic and resistance training) on VO2peak1,2. The secondary aims of this study are to evaluate quality of life as well as cardiorespiratory function (vascular health), physical function (muscular strength, body composition), cognition, balance, and patient-reported outcomes (fatigue, depression, anxiety, quality of life). Exploratory aims are focused on evaluating the impact of exercise on biomarkers: (1) aging - p16INK4a, (2) immune cell function - total leukocyte count, T and natural killer cells, monocytes, and neutrophils count and activity, and (3) circulating pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.

Clinical Trial Description



Evaluate the impact of the Get REAL and HEEL research program (standardized combination of aerobic and resistance training) on change in V02peak from pre to post 16-week intervention.


Evaluate the impact of the GR&H program (standardized combination of aerobic and resistance training) on change in cardiorespiratory function, immunology, physical function parameters, cognition, balance, and patient-reported outcomes from pre to post 16-week intervention.

Evaluate changes in all measures annually over the 5 year follow-up period.

Report on enrollment, recruitment, and attrition.

Exploratory Objectives

The investigator's exploratory aims are focused on evaluating the impact of exercise on biomarkers: (1) aging - p16INK4a, (2) total leukocyte, lymphocyte (T cells and natural killer cells), monocyte and neutrophil counts and T cell proliferation assays, natural killer cytotoxicity assays, and cytokine production from stimulated neutrophils and monocytes, and (3) circulating pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.


Participants will complete pre-intervention assessments, questionnaires and blood draw at week 1 and 2 pre-intervention, followed by a 16-week aerobic and resistance training exercise program (intervention). Participants will complete assessments, questionnaires and blood draws at week 1 and 2 following the intervention and then again at 6 months and 12 months following intervention. Questionnaires only will be administered at year 2, 3,4 and 5 following intervention. ;

Study Design

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NCT number NCT03760536
Study type Observational [Patient Registry]
Source UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Contact Kirsten Nyrop, PhD
Phone 9199625139
Status Recruiting
Start date March 20, 2017
Completion date March 2021

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