Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone is a Professor with the OHSU School of Nursing and is Co-Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Partnership Program and Co-Leader of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Her expertise and research focus centers on the use of physical activity to prevent and manage chronic disease.
Dr. Winters-Stone writes:
Bone fragility and quality of life in cancer survivors is the focus of my research. Our research has shown that breast cancer survivors have poorer bone health and fall more compare to women who have not been treated for breast cancer and both factors contribute to an increased risk of fracture after cancer treatment. We are continuing to examine treatment related causes of falls in breast cancer survivors to better develop interventions that reduce fall risk. In addition to breast cancer, prostate cancer survivors may be at higher fracture risk due to bone and muscle destroying treatments. A major focus of our research is testing the ability of a specific exercise intervention that we developed in non-cancer populations to reduce fracture risk and improve quality of life in breast and prostate cancer survivors.
Beyond fracture risk, the intersection of aging and cancer treatment can increase the risk of frailty and loss of independence in older cancer survivors. Exercise may prevent frailty development, and determining the optimal type and amount of exercise to do so is the focus of another intervention study in older breast cancer survivors. The next step for our research is to translate our findings into evidence-based programs that can be disseminated and broadly implemented in the greater cancer survivor community, including innovative programs that can reach frail elders and rural adults.
- B.S., University of California, Davis California 1991
- Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon 2000
Memberships and associations
- American College of Sports Medicine; American Society of Bone and Mineral Research