June 20, 2016

Back in the Swing Grant to Fund Survivorship Pilot Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:

Bob Unell, bob@backintheswing.org

913-481-6364

 

FABIAN GRANT PHOTO

(June 17, 2016)  Back in the Swing is pleased to announce the awarding of a grant from its Carol J. Fabian Legacy and Leadership Fund to The University of Kansas Cancer Center to support a new pilot study with breast cancer survivors led by Carol Fabian, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Research and Director, Breast Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Center.

The Study objective is to develop preliminary data in support of a grant application to the National Cancer Institute, to conduct a large randomized clinical trial testing whether a weight loss intervention that uses more exercise (and less dietary restriction) results in better long term weight loss.

Most critically, the study will observe whether more exercise may make it easier for women who lose weight to maintain that loss even after the formal intervention is over.

“We have previously demonstrated the feasibility of a weight loss intervention for women at high risk of developing breast cancer,” according to Dr. Fabian. “We must now demonstrate feasibility for breast cancer survivors who often have physical limitations that make it difficult to exercise.”

The pilot study will be conducted at Breast Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Research Center at Westwood (recruitment and specimen collection); Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management at the KU Hospital (twice weekly exercise sessions); and Clinical Research Center in Fairway for behavioral session orientation.

Back in the Swing is a grassroots, national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting well-being after breast cancer by supporting education for consumers and healthcare providers; personalized, comprehensive, survivorship clinical healthcare; and academic medical research. When Back in the Swing began in 2000, no comprehensive, personalized, integrative medical services for breast cancer survivors existed. Beginning in January 2015, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced that a survivorship care plan and survivorship support are among the standards of care required for hospital cancer programs to receive accreditation.

FEATURED IN PHOTO ABOVE, left to right:  Barbara Unell, Founder of Back in the Swing; Bruce Kimler, Ph.D.; Carol Fabian, MD.