School of Nursing

Study Opportunities

We are currently enrolling cancer patients and survivors in a variety of clinical trials. Learn about our study opportunities below.

EXERCISING TOGETHER© for couples coping with cancer

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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 one of three programs where they exercise twice per week for six months. Couples will also visit the lab four times over 12 months to complete physical function tasks and questionnaires. Learn more about the Exercising Together study. 

GET FIT for prostate cancer survivors

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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 one of three group exercise classes that meet three times per week for six months, and will complete mobility tasks and questionnaires four times in the lab. Learn more about the GET FIT Prostate study. 

GET FIT Remote Mobility Assessment for prostate cancer patients and survivors

GET FIT prostate Remote Mobility Assessment

A research study for men with prostate cancer to learn how wearable technology can predict falls. We are seeking participants to test a wearable sensor worn on the foot called SmartSox that measure gait and balance. The purpose of the study is to learn whether SmartSox can predict a man’s chance of falling after treatment for prostate cancer. Participants will visit OHSU one time, complete questionnaires and wear SmartSox at home for up to seven days. Learn more about the GET FIT Prostate Remote Mobility Assessment. 

PATTERN for people during and after chemotherapy

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PATTERN is an observational study that's investigating how treatment-related side effects and physical functioning change during and after chemotherapy for cancer. Study participants complete brief and simple assessments of touch sensation, muscle function and balance during their scheduled clinic visits. Participants also report their symptoms each week via computer (or mobile device) and 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.

VIBE for cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induce neuropathy

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We are conducting a randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of low intensity, whole body vibration training on 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 one of two groups where they will either complete two 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 adults 18 years or older, who have completed chemotherapy for their cancer within the last 5 years. If you or someone you know is interested, you can call 503-346-0444, ext 5 or email exercise@ohsu.eduLearn more about the VIBE study. 

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