Ua Cancer Center Leads Healthy Lifestyle Study In Ovarian Cancer Progression-free Survival

Study to focus on overian cancer progression-free survival through healthy lifestyle choices

Tuscon, Ariz (PRWEB) September 18, 2012

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) is leading the first large nationwide study to determine how diet and physical activity together can improve the quality of life and prevent recurrence for women who are in clinical complete remission from advanced ovarian peritoneal or tubal cancer.

The LIvES (Lifestyle Intervention for Ovarian Cancer Enhanced Survival) will involve 1,070 recent Stage II IV ovarian, primary peritoneal and fallopian tube cancer survivors from among the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) clinics across the United States. The GOG is one of nine National Cancer Institute (NCI) – sponsored clinical trials cooperative oncology groups.

This trial fills a huge gap concerning what women can do to stay healthy and free of ovarian cancer after chemotherapy successfully has been completed, said David S. Alberts, MD, UACC director and co-chair of the LIvES study.

The UA Cancer Center is responsible for all diet and physical activity telephone/web-based coaching to be delivered to LIvES study participants. The study potentially could involve ovarian cancer survivors from 150 ovarian cancer treatment centers. Cancer survivors must be referred to the study by their physicians. See a list of trial sites at: bit.ly/ovariancancerstudy

Researchers will use an innovative combination of telephone and web-based coaching software designed by UAs Arizona Research Laboratories in partnership with the UA Cancer Center and the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health specifically for this study. Each woman accepted for the study will be randomly assigned to either the intervention or usual care group. Both groups will receive telephone-based coaching.

Study participants will be contacted by the UACC coaches a minimum of 22 times over the two-year study period. Participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires regarding their diet, physical activity, other lifestyle and health issues, and overall quality of life. Blood samples will be collected.

Dr. Alberts, in collaboration with Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, has advocated the benefits of diet and nutrition and physical activity as an important element of cancer prevention. Few trials have been conducted combining diet and physical activity, though growing epidemiologic and clinical evidence suggests both may play an integral role in ovarian cancer, he said.

Dr. Thomson, study co-chair, is a long-time member of the UACCs Cancer Prevention and Control Program and a professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the UA where she serves as the Director of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion.

This year alone, 22,430 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the US; one in 70 US women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime, said Dr. Alberts, whose research for more than 35 years has involved innovative treatments for advanced ovarian cancers.

The LIvES Study is supported by grant number CA101165 from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, with additional multi-year funding from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and Up the Volume Foundation.

About The University of Arizona Cancer Center

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Arizona. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Cancer Center has more than a dozen research and education offices in Phoenix and throughout the state and 300 physician and scientist members work together to prevent and cure cancer. For more information, go to http://www.arizonacancercenter.org[1]

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. http://www.OVARIAN.org[2]

Kelly Mellott National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc. (214) 699-1461 Email Information[3]


  1. ^ http://www.arizonacancercenter.org (www.arizonacancercenter.org)
  2. ^ http://www.OVARIAN.org (www.OVARIAN.org)
  3. ^ Email Information (www.prweb.com)

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    Healthy Lifestyle? I usually go on a medium intensity run for 60 minutes a day, four to five days a week. In addition, I do a total of at least 150 push ups and sit ups in each work out. I don’t consume more than 1500-1600 calories a day. I eat little to no junk food, and take my vitamins. I’m 18, male, and weigh about 164, around 14 to 15 percent body fat. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? If there are ways to improve, let me know.

      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

      I think you are doing very well. Never give it up and try to maintain it as your lifestyle.

      Good Luck

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    What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle?
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      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

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    Healthy Lifestyle………? I wanna start a healthy lifestyle but I dunno where to start, can you please help? I’d really appreciate that and by the way, I’m 16.

      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

      Begin by giving up fast food it is so full of fat, sugar, carbs, and all the wrong things for you. My daughter gave up soda and lost 20 pounds because it is loaded with sugar. Eat fish not fried 2 to 3 times a week, chicken 2 to 3 times a week skinless, lots of vegetables, and fruit and you will be getting there.

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    How Can I Pursue A More Healthy Lifestyle To Help Me Attain My Maximum Potential In Life ? I am 28, and have always had a bad health because of depression and anxiety. But I want to change it I need some tips on how to pursue a really healthy lifestyle which helps people in their mental and physical wellbeing?

      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

      Yoga often helps for anxiety and depression as it promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

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    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

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    Why Is A Healthy Lifestyle Important In School? I need some ideas about Why a healthy lifestyle is important in school. I have to have an answer in less than 1000 words. Applying for college scholarship. Thanks in advance!

      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

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    Why Is It Important To Live A Healthy Lifestyle And Avoid Illness? Why is it important to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid illness?

      • HealthNut
      • September 20, 2012

      Being unhealthy or sick stops you doing things you want to do. Being sick when you could have avoided it is a waste of other peoples time if they have to look after you

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