Study still seeking volunteers for cancer and exercise study


dr. penny cooper smiling wearing a black shirt and coat with blonde hair stands on the left of danielle smith with brown curly shoulder lenght hair wearing a geometric blue and brown shirt and grey sweater both stand in front of the oncology reception desk

The Adams State University Human Performance and Physical Education Department, SLV Health Clinic, and the Alamosa Family Recreational Center are collaborating on a cancer and exercise study. Dr. M. "Penny" Cooper, oncologist, and Danielle Smith, Adams State HPPE graduate student, are looking for cancer survivor volunteers for their study, "Investigating the Effects of a Supervised, Progressive Eight-Week, Physical Activity Program on Cancer Survivors' Health, Fitness and Quality of Life."

According to Cooper, a cancer survivor is defined as someone diagnosed with cancer from day one. "Not everyone requires treatment immediately, a watch-and-wait plan of treatment is utilized for some low-grade cancers." Anyone that is a survivor can be part of the study, with their doctor's approval; including anyone that has started treatment, is going through treatment, has completed treatment, or is in remission.

Interested participants are asked to attend a meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the SLV Health Education and Conference Center (formerly the Alamosa Grizzly Inn) Mount Blanca room. Consent forms and questionnaires will be completed at this time. The Conference Center is located at 1921 Main Street in Alamosa.

The study is part of Smith's master's thesis. "We are looking to recruit 40 cancer survivor volunteers." The study will begin January 16, 2018, and will consist of a week of pre- and post-testing for all participants using FitnessAge Testing and a Six-Minute-Walk-Test and an Eight-Week Exercise Intervention, for a total of ten weeks. Participants will be randomly selected into a control group and an exercise group. The control group will continue with their usual care and will not participate in the exercise intervention. The exercise group will complete an eight-week exercise intervention. The control group will be offered the exercise intervention, if interested, after the 10-week study.

The exercise intervention consists of three days a week of supervised exercise for eight weeks; and will include one day of aerobic exercise on Mondays; one day of resistance circuit training on Wednesdays; and one day of a group sport activity or individual balancing exercises on Fridays. Exercise times are scheduled from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. or from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Heart rate monitors will be worn during the exercise interventions. All volunteers must have their physician's approval. At the end of the study, all results will be calculated and the two groups will be compared for changes in their health.

For more information, or for anyone that is interested but can't make the December meeting, please contact Smith at 719-480-1355.