for females ages 18-55 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
Sheri Hartman
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Sheri Hartman



The proposed mixed methods pilot study will enroll 20 young breast cancer survivors into a 12-week technology-based, remotely-delivered, peer-moderated physical activity program to examine the effects of the intervention on objectively measured physical activity and multiple aspects of quality of life; and conduct qualitative analyses to refine the intervention for a future randomized controlled trial.

Official Title

Physical Activity Interventions for Young Cancer Survivors


Young breast cancer survivors (i.e. those < 50 years old) have lower survival rates than their older counterparts and experience unique physical and mental challenges associated with their cancer treatments. Depression, anxiety, and poor body image are common in young breast cancer survivors. Research in older breast cancer survivors has shown that physical activity can decrease cancer recurrence and mortality, and improve many aspects of quality of life. Few physical activity intervention studies have been conducted in young breast cancer survivors, despite the fact that young survivors would be best served by age-specific interventions designed to target their needs. Remotely-delivered, technology-based interventions may be important to help young breast cancer survivors overcome unique barriers to increasing physical activity and improving quality of life.

The study aims are: 1) Explore the feasibility and acceptability of a technology-based, remotely-delivered, peer-moderated physical activity intervention for young breast cancer survivors; 2a) Assess the invention's impact on change in physical activity; and 2b) Measure the intervention's effect on multiple aspects of quality of life


Breast Cancer Quality of Life Physical Activity Exercise Intervention


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18-55

  • Diagnosed with breast cancer between 18-49 years old
  • Completed active treatment (chemotherapy, radiation) at least 6 months prior to enrollment
  • Self-report low levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week
  • Accessible by phone or video chat
  • Have a Fitbit compatible cellphone, tablet, or laptop with Internet

You CAN'T join if...

  • medical condition that could make it potentially unsafe to be in an unsupervised physical activity intervention
  • currently pregnant
  • unable to commit to intervention schedule
  • prisoner


  • University of California, San Diego
    La Jolla California 92093 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Sheri Hartman
    Dr. Hartman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and in Cancer Control at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Dr. Hartman is a clinical psychologist with extensive training and experience promoting health behavior change.


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