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Weight loss could be key to prevent breast cancer from returning

6:41 PM, Feb 28, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - After the surgery, the chemo, the radiation, could part of the prescription to keep breast cancer from recurring be jumping on the treadmill and limiting calories?

Doctors at Siteman Cancer Center say yes, and they want local women who've had breast cancer to sign up for a two year study to prove it.

"We're looking to help them lose weight," said Dr. Kate Wolin of the Siteman Cancer Center, "and we know it's a challenge a lot of breast cancer survivors face."

How much weight? Women who qualify for the study will have a BMI over 25, and they'll be dieting and exercising. They'll be put into two groups.

"We're looking at a more intensive versus less intensive intervention," said Dr. Wolin. "Looking at weight. So, sort of more wellness related concerns for the women and looking at a number of different outcomes after."

Outcomes like whether women have less fatigue and more energy, whether they're physically stronger. But in the end, doctors will compare the two groups to see who lives longer.

"So the quality of life but also the quantity of life," said Dr. Wolin. "So, recurrence and survival have been associated with having an elevated weight."

For more information on the study, call 314-747-1109, or click here.

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