A Study Assessing a Game-Based Physical Activity in Childhood Cancer Survivors

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Assessing a Game-Based Physical Activity Intervention in Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study

Purpose

Physical activity is important for leading a healthy lifestyle, but in childhood cancer survivors it is especially important because cancer treatments can have long-term side effects that affect the heart, blood vessels, and blood sugar levels. Physical activity can prevent these side effects and improve quality of life.

Researchers are doing this study to evaluate a game-based exercise plan that involves participation by both a childhood cancer survivor and his/her parent or caregiver. They will look at whether the game-based exercise plan is a good way to increase physical activity levels among childhood cancer survivors.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this study, patients must meet several criteria, including but not limited to the following:

  • Survivors must be ages 10-16 and have completed treatment for a childhood cancer at least two years before entering the study.
  • Each survivor must have a parent or caregiver who will also be in the study.
  • Survivors may not be currently exercising more than 30 minutes a day.
  • Participants must be able to communicate in English and receive daily text messages.
  • Participants must be physically well enough that they are fully ambulatory, capable of all self-care, and capable of all but physically strenuous activities. As an example, patients must be well enough that they would be able to carry out office work or light housework.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Danielle Friedman at 212-639-7376.

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