Chad Rethorst, PhD, and Madhukar Trivedi, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Regular physical activity is beneficial for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, potentially reducing the likelihood of recurrence. Studies have also found exercise can help decrease fatigue, improve mood and cognition, and increase sleep quality. However, many women find it difficult to begin or maintain a regular physical activity program. A research team from UT Southwestern Medical Center investigated a new way to help breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity — a six-month education program, available in two Texas locations: Dallas (UT Southwestern) and Fort Worth (Moncrief Cancer Institute). The initial call to action was sent on October 10, 2018. The study was closed on March 11, 2020.