Watchful Living: A lifestyle intervention for black prostate cancer patients on active surveillance and their partners
This project will engage 40 dyads of black and Hispanic prostate cancer survivors on active surveillance and their partners in a 6-month, remotely delivered lifestyle intervention. The primary aim of this project is to determine the feasibility of recruiting and retaining dyads, as well as implementing a lifestyle intervention during the period of prostate cancer survivorship. The secondary aims are to: 1) evaluate the preliminary efficacy of an active surveillance lifestyle intervention in improving diet, physical activity, quality of life, and inflammation at the end of the study; and 2) conduct a process evaluation of the active surveillance lifestyle intervention.
This pilot project will be led by an MDA ESI, Dr. Cho, who is mentored by Dr. Simpson in the Department of Health and Human Performance. It will use Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital as one recruitment source and integrate scholars from the Cancer Research Education Program into all aspects of the project. Moreover, the collaboration between Drs. Simpson and Cho will provide access to novel research strategies (biomarker analysis) to supplement the project and enhance the likelihood of obtaining subsequent competitive funding.
The target area of this study is congruent with the main objective of the UHAND partnership to affect health equity among racial/ethnic groups disproportionately affected by cancer disparities, given the study’s focus on modifying, through intervention, cancer-related obesity risk behaviors (e.g., physical activity, diet) in blacks and Hispanics to prevent prostate cancer morbidity and mortality.