Behavioral Weight-Loss Program Via Telehealth - Weight Measures for Breast Cancer

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
University of Pennsylvania (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania), Philadelphia, PA
Breast Cancer+6 More
Behavioral Weight-Loss Program Via Telehealth - Weight Measures - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
Female
Eligible conditions
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Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a weight loss program can help breast cancer survivors.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Breast Cancer
  • Body Weight
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Overweight and Obesity

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Behavioral Weight-Loss Program Via Telehealth - Weight Measures will improve 5 primary outcomes and 3 secondary outcomes in patients with Breast Cancer. Measurement will happen over the course of 24 weeks.

24 Months
To measure changes from pre- to post-weight-loss intervention for 1) body mass.
To measure changes from pre- to post-weight-loss intervention for 2) Qualitative Changes in Mammographic Breast Density
24 months
To measure changes from pre- to post-weight-loss intervention for 2) Quantitative Changes in Mammographic Breast Density
24 weeks
Determine feasibility and Acceptability Using the City of Hope Quality of Life Instrument - Breast Cancer Patient to Assess Changes in Quality of Life
Determine feasibility and Acceptability Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire to Assess Changes in Physical Activity
Determine feasibility and Acceptability Using the Patient Health Questionnaire to Assess Changes in Measures of Depression
Requesting Direct Verbal Feedback From Participants to Assess Elements of the Program that Work Well, to Acquire Suggestions, and to Seek Suggestions to Determine Feasibility and Acceptability
Using the Acceptability of Intervention Measure to Assess Acceptability and Feasibility

Trial Safety

Trial Design

1 Treatment Group

Single-Arms Longitudinal Group
1 of 1
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 20 total participants across 1 different treatment group

This trial involves a single treatment. Behavioral Weight-Loss Program Via Telehealth - Weight Measures is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Single-Arms Longitudinal GroupBehavioral weight-loss program via telehealth (video conferencing). Participants will receive weekly group sessions of lifestyle counseling for the first 20-weeks, followed by every other week sessions in weeks 22 and 24, for a total of 6-months of intervention.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 24 months
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 24 months for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
J. T.
Prof. Julia Tchou, Co-Director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center, Director of Breast Cancer Immuno-Oncology Research, Professor of Clinical Surgery, and Principal Investigator
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Closest Location

University of Pennsylvania (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) - Philadelphia, PA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for female patients aged 18 and older. There are 6 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
The requester needs access to the internet and the ability to videoconference. show original
! I am currently cancer free. show original
The history of in situ or invasive breast cancer is long and complex show original
The person has surgery for breast cancer, chemotherapy (as needed) and radiation therapy (as needed) done at least 6 months before participating in the study. show original
The patient must not have been receiving active treatment for any other form of cancer for at least six months prior to enrollment in the study. show original
people are likely to die sooner than those of normal weight, with the exception of those who are severely obese (BMI of 40 kg/m^2 or greater) show original

Patient Q&A Section

What are the signs of weight loss?

"A lack of appetite could be a leading symptom of a number of medical conditions, including cancer. However, this is not to be confused with lack of appetite for the purpose of weight control or the purpose of weight loss itself. For weight-loss purposes, appetite is the leading symptom of obesity.\n\nThe presentation of the disease may be asymptomatic. When present, the symptoms are usually vague. A patient with an undiagnosed illness may not complain because the symptoms are so vague and the underlying disease does not give rise to many symptoms." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can weight loss be cured?

"Most cases of binge eating are caused by the lack of control over the amount of food that they eat. This lack of control is mostly caused by a lack of knowledge on proper food composition and a lack of self-awareness of the amount of food that they consume. However, despite these factors, eating a healthy diet while avoiding any binge behavior would lead to greater weight loss chances. Moreover, the psychological barriers that come with eating disorders like, binge eating disorder, can lead to a rebound effect. Weight loss efforts might only make it worse, because the patients would try to regain weight which they would lose earlier." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get weight loss a year in the United States?

"A total of 19 million Americans are considered to be overweight, and 37 million to be obese as of 2015. At the same time, a total of 492,000 new cases of non-carcinogenic cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas and liver will be diagnosed that year. The American Cancer Society considers these new cases are attributable to obesity. The World Health Organization recommends a 25% decrease in obesity and associated risk of most cancers, including those that are typically associated with weight loss. The American Cancer Society considers the risks of cancer associated with obesity to warrant weight loss." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes weight loss?

"The cause of weight loss may be very complicated, but fortunately many underlying causes of weight loss can be easily treated, including binge eating disorder or eating disorder, anaemia, diabetes, electrolyte imbalance or iron deficiency. Although obesity is associated with medical problems, it does not cause disability or death, unlike some other diseases of lifestyle. \n" - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is weight loss?

"Weight loss is a state of being - it's not a weight. To lose weight, you have to feel and be happy with yourself when you are doing it. It's not just doing one thing for a while. It's changing your entire outlook and life through a healthier, more confident, better balanced life style. This is the key to losing weight and being well. Eating healthier will help lose weight, but the main way is to change your life." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for weight loss?

"Dietary modification and exercise are the most effective treatments for weight loss, often being utilized in combination. Patients also often have medications, such as anti-diabetic drugs, antidepressants, and glucocorticoids, that could have adverse weight gain effects. Moreover, it is important to avoid situations that may increase weight loss risks. Thus, individuals should follow a balanced dietary regimen, avoid unhealthy diets, and exercise regularly." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is behavioral weight-loss program via telehealth - weight measures safe for people?

"The use of telehealth for weight measures is safe and well-advised and may be helpful for people who do not have access to a doctor." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the chances of developing weight loss?

"Data from a recent study has shown that the chance of developing weight loss was only 1% per year. It has also shed light on the risk factors of developing weight loss." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How serious can weight loss be?

"The problem with health advice or interventions regarding weight loss is that the risks of medical treatment and risks involved in the treatment are often over-estimated. And there is a clear danger that if some risk is over-estimated, some treatments might be considered not to be indicated. Weight and body weight loss is therefore sometimes considered a marker of general health rather than a cause of health. That could cause a huge risk of over or under-treatment of overweight clients. We believe it is particularly true for the young, who are most at risk and who are most likely to need weight loss treatment." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is behavioral weight-loss program via telehealth - weight measures?

"Results from a recent paper showed that telehealth weight loss intervention was promising in supporting weight loss. However, more research is required to identify patient and lifestyle characteristics that can inform on intervention design and delivery and how and by whom the data can be gathered." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What does behavioral weight-loss program via telehealth - weight measures usually treat?

"Findings from a recent study indicate that the weight management programme, under the specific technology, can be effective for weight loss in a group of patients. To a great extent, the data in this study suggest that the telehealth programme is a valuable tool in the treatment of patients with body weight-related problems in both the clinics and in the community." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does weight loss run in families?

"The findings of the present study suggest that in contrast to popular belief, loss of weight does not run in families, however, further research incorporating parental genotype and family characteristics is needed to fully elucidate the role of genes in determining weight loss response." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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