Physical Activity for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Official Title

Exploring the Feasibility, Safety, and Potential Benefits of a 12-week Home-based Physical Activity Intervention


More adolescents and young adults are surviving cancer than ever before. Many endure negative effects related to their cancer and its treatment, which reduces their quality of life and functioning. Physical activity is one strategy that has been shown to promote quality of life amongst cancer survivors. However, very little research has focused on adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Therefore, the purpose of this pilot randomized controlled trial is to explore the feasibility, safety, and potential benefits of a 12-week home-based physical activity intervention in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Recruitment Rates
  • Retention Rates
  • Adherence Rates
  • Number of Participants with Adverse Events
Secondary Outcome:
  • Physical Activity Behaviour: Daily Physical Activity Logbook
  • Physical Activity Behaviour: Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (Godin & Shephard, 1985)
  • Physical Activity Behaviour: 7-Day Accelerometer Wear (Objective Physical Activity Behaviour)
  • Resting Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition: Body Mass Index
  • Aerobic Capacity: 6-Minute Walk Test (CSEP, 2013; Irwin, 2012)
  • Musculoskeletal Strength: Combined Grip Strength using a Handheld Dynamometer (CSEP, 2013; Irwin, 2012)
  • Muscular Endurance: 30-Second Sit to Stand Test (Rikli & Jones, 2001)
  • Self-Efficacy: Single-Item Version of the Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale (McAuley, 1993)
  • Physical Competence and Physical Self-Esteem: Physical Self-Description Questionnaire Short-Form Appearance, Strength, Endurance, Body Fat, and Physical Self-Esteem scales (Marsh, Martin, & Jackson, 2010)
  • Global Self-Esteem: Rosenberg Global Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965)
  • Body Image: Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire Appearance Evaluation and Body Areas Satisfaction scales (Cash, 2000)
  • Posttraumatic Growth: Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996)
  • Quality of Life: Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (Ware & Sherbourne, 1992)
  • Participants Experiences: Qualitative Interviews

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