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Breast cancer survivors reduce accelerometer-measured sedentary time in an exercise intervention

  • Published on May 29, 2019

Purpose Cancer survivors are highly sedentary and have low physical activity. How physical activity interventions impact sedentary behavior remains unclear. This secondary analysis examined changes in sedentary behavior among breast cancer survivors participating in a physical activity intervention that significantly increased moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Methods Insufficiently active breast cancer ...


New-onset insomnia among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: prevalence, risk factors, and its correlation with other symptoms

  • Published on April 23, 2019

Study objectives Although insomnia is common among cancer patients, its prevalence remains variable, and its risk factors and correlation with other cancer-related symptoms are not fully explored in the literature. This study aims to determine the prevalence and severity of insomnia as well as risk factors and sleep-related symptom clusters ...




Protocol for a cross sectional study of cancer risk, environmental exposures and lifestyle behaviors in a diverse community sample: the Community of Mine study

  • Published on February 13, 2019

Background Physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are modifiable behaviors that lead to several cancers. Biologically, these behaviors are linked to cancer through obesity-related insulin resistance, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Individual strategies to change physical activity and diet are often short lived with limited effects. Interventions are expected to be more ...


Promoting physical activity in regional and remote cancer survivors (PPARCS) using wearables and health coaching: randomised controlled trial protocol

  • Published on May 24, 2019

Introduction: Physically active cancer survivors have substantially less cancer recurrence and improved survival compared with those who are inactive. However, the majority of survivors (70%–90%) are not meeting the physical activity (PA) guidelines. There are also significant geographic inequalities in cancer survival with poorer survival rates for the third of Australians ...


Demographic and clinical correlates of accelerometer assessed physical activity and sedentary time in lung cancer survivors

  • Published on Mar 2018

Objective: To determine demographic and clinical correlates of accelerometer assessed physical activity and sedentary time among a population-based sample of lung cancer survivors. Methods: Lung cancer survivors in Southern Alberta, Canada (N = 527) were invited to complete a mailed survey assessing socio-demographics and wear an Actigraph® GT3X+ accelerometer for 7 days. ...


Associations of objectively assessed physical activity and sedentary time with health-related quality of life among lung cancer survivors: A quantile regression approach

  • Published on Apr 2018

Objectives: No studies have examined objectively assessed physical activity, sedentary time, and patient-reported outcomes among lung cancer survivors. The objective of this study was to determine associations of objectively assessed moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary time with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and fatigue among lung cancer survivors. ...


Capturing Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure and Physical Activity: Feasibility Study and Comparison Between Self-Reports, Mobile Apps, Dosimeters, and Accelerometers

  • Published on Apr 20118

Background: Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Australia. Skin cancer prevention programs aim to reduce sun exposure and increase sun protection behaviors. Effectiveness is usually assessed through self-report. Objective: It was the aim of this study to test the acceptance and validity of a newly developed ultraviolet radiation (...


Actigraphy assessment of sleep quality among patients with acute myeloid leukaemia during induction chemotherapy

  • Published on Apr 2018

Objectives: Patients receiving induction chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) anecdotally describe poor sleep, but sleep disturbances have not been well-characterised in this population. We aimed to test the feasibility of measuring sleep quality in AML inpatients using a wearable actigraphy device. Methods: Using the ActiGraph GT3X ‘watch’, we ...