Sud­bury part of breast cancer study

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS - STAR STAFF sud.edi­to­rial@sun­media.ca

Pa­tients in north­east­ern On­tario will have a chance to take part in a study look­ing at whether lifestyle changes can lower the risk of breast cancer re­cur­rence.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for our pa­tients to par­tic­i­pate in a large North Amer­i­can study which could help change how breast cancer pa­tients are coun­selled and man­aged in the fu­ture,” Dr. Lacey Pitre said in a re­lease.

Pitre, the lo­cal prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the study, said she is ex­cited to have breast cancer pa­tients at the North­east Cancer Cen­tre in Sud­bury take part in such re­search.

The Cana­dian Clin­i­cal Tri­als Group (CCTG) has just an­nounced that the Cana­dian arm of the in­ter­na­tional study BWEL is now ac­cept­ing par­tic­i­pants.

The North­east Cancer Cen­tre Clin­i­cal Tri­als Depart­ment will be look­ing to en­rol area pa­tients in this in­ter­na­tional healthy lifestyle study led by a US group, the Al­liance.

BWEL will test whether los­ing weight through re­duc­ing calo­ries and ex­er­cis­ing can lower the risk of breast cancer re­cur­rence. This study will eval­u­ate the role of weight loss in over­weight women with early breast cancer.

Par­tic­i­pants will be those who have been di­ag­nosed with in­va­sive breast cancer within the past 12 months and com­pleted all their chemo­ther­apy, ra­di­a­tion and surgery be­fore start­ing the study.

Qual­i­fy­ing pa­tients will be placed in one of two study groups, where one group will re­ceive a su­per­vised weight loss pro­gram, plus health ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als, and the other group will be pro­vided with health ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­rial.

The su­per­vised weight loss group will re­ceive two years of tele­phone sup­port from the Dana-Farber Cancer Cen­tre in Bos­ton, be given a pe­dome­ter, work­book, cook­book, food scale and bath­room scale to as­sist them in their weight loss pro­gram.

The sec­ond group will re­ceive in­for­ma­tion by mail, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in we­bi­nars.

Paula Peroni, a pa­tient at the North­east Cancer Cen­tre, par­tic­i­pated in a clin­i­cal study when she was di­ag­nosed five years ago with stage 3 breast cancer.

“The spring of 2012 be­gan a new chap­ter in my life after when I was di­ag­nosed,” Peroni said. “At the time, I was given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a new five-year re­search study.

“It was a com­mit­ment to be sure, but I was mon­i­tored closely and ap­pre­ci­ated the care and sup­port that I re­ceived. We have a spec­tac­u­lar team of ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als in our city and I was hon­oured to be able to play my part.”

The study is lim­ited to pa­tients with higher risk early stage breast can­cers. For more in­for­ma­tion on the trial and how to be con­sid­ered for the study, con­tact An­drea Mor­ri­son at 705-522-6237 ext. 2257 or amor­ri­son@hsnsud­bury.ca.

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

Dr. Lacey Pitre is the lo­cal prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor of a new breast cancer study.

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