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Interactive Cancer Communication Systems' (ICCS) Directed Physical Activity Enhancement for Colon Cancer Survivors

A new interactive cancer communication system (ICCS) called Survivorship Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) will be developed and tested to promote lifestyle change among colon cancer survivors to help colon cancer survivors develop 1) competence in information gathering, decision making, and behaviors they are trying to change; 2) social support systems to help cope with the cancer experience; and 3) autonomy that comes with regaining a sense of control over their lives. Recruitment will take place over a two-year period and include men and women newly diagnosed with local or regional colon cancer; a total sample size of 294 participants will be recruited across three sites. Once on the study the participants will be randomized into one of two groups: usual care or Survivorship CHESS. Five assessments will be completed over a 12-month period.


The study will test the efficacy of Survivorship CHESS to help newly diagnosed colon cancer survivors increase their physical activity, decrease distress, and improve their quality of life.

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Project Leader

David Gustafson

Industrial Engineering
School or College
College of Engineering

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