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Study Opportunities

Exercising Together

EXERCISING TOGETHER© For Couples Coping With Cancer

We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to determine what exercise format can improve the physical, mental, and relationship health of cancer survivors and their spouse/partner. Couples who participate will be randomly assigned to 1 of 3 programs where they exercise 2x per week for 6 months. Couples will also visit the WiSE Lab 4 times over 12 months to complete physical function tasks and questionnaires.

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GET FIT PROSTATE

GET FIT Prostate

We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to determine what mode of exercise (strength, tai-chi, flexibility) is most effective for preventing falls and preserving physical function in prostate cancer survivors who were treated with androgen deprivation therapy. Participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 3 group exercise classes that meet 3x per week for 6 months, and will complete mobility tasks and questionnaires 4 times at the WiSE Lab.

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PATTERN

PATTERN is an observational study that will investigate how treatment-related side effects and physical functioning change during and after chemotherapy for cancer. Study participants will complete brief and simple assessments of touch sensation, muscle function, and balance during their scheduled clinic visits. Participants will also report their symptoms each week via computer (or mobile device) and will wear a wristwatch and ankle sensors for a few days to track physical activity and movement patterns. The information that we learn from this study could help improve quality of life for patients receiving life-saving therapy for cancer.

The study is open to adults who are 40 years and older, have been diagnosed with stage I-III cancer, and will soon begin chemotherapy. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 503-346-0444 ext 3, or email pattern@ohsu.edu.

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Improving health and function from neuropathy

We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of low intensity, whole body vibration training on weight loss, mobility, and pain levels in cancer survivors with symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Whole body vibration is a new therapeutic strategy for improving body composition and function, it is less physically demanding than traditional exercise programs, and it is safe for older adults. Participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups where they will either complete 2 daily whole body vibration sessions (7 days a week for 12 weeks), or maintain usual care. All participants will visit OHSU twice over 12 weeks to complete physical function tasks and questionnaires.

This study is open to men and women, 18 years and older, who have completed chemotherapy for their cancer within the last 5 years. If you or someone you know is interested, you can call 503-364-0444 or email exercise@ohsu.edu.

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This study was funded by the Knight Cancer Institute. OHSU IRB #18342