Exercise for Gut Microbiome in Patients With Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy: The COURAGE Trial

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Status

Not yet enrolling

Conditions

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Metastatic Colon Cancer
Colorectal Cancer

Treatments

Behavioral: Exercise Program

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06202183
23-341

Details and patient eligibility

About

This research study is a randomized controlled trial that will observe changes in microbiome activity, changes in chemotherapy toxicity, and any changes in treatment outcomes between two groups of participants undergoing chemotherapy with either early-stage or metastatic colorectal cancer. The names of the study groups involved in this study are: * Exercise * Waitlist Control

Full description

This research study is a single-center, two-armed, randomized controlled trial that will observe changes in microbiome activity, changes in chemotherapy toxicity, and any changes in treatment outcomes between two groups of participants undergoing chemotherapy with either early-stage or metastatic colorectal cancer. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: Group A: Exercise group (EXE) vs. Group B: Waitlist control group (WC). Randomization means that a participant will be placed into one of the study groups by chance. The research study procedures include screening for eligibility, blood tests, stool samples, and survey questionnaires. Participation in this research study will last up to 6 months. It is expected that about 84 people will take part in this research study. The American Cancer Society is providing funding for this research study.

Enrollment

84 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 50 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Patient diagnosed with early-stage or metastatic colon or rectal cancer
  • Age at diagnosis 18-50 years; due to the specificity of the study question those outside the age bracket will not be included
  • No plans for major surgical intervention at the time of recruitment for a minimum of 12 weeks (i.e. study period; placement of port a cath is allowed)
  • No plans for radiation therapy at the time of recruitment for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Within the first four weeks of starting chemotherapy
  • Participate in less than or equal to 90 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week
  • Medical clearance to perform exercise intervention and testing by their treating oncologist
  • No uncontrolled medical conditions that could be exacerbated with exercise
  • Ability to communicate and complete written forms in English
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign informed consent prior to any study-related procedures
  • Willing to travel to DFCI for necessary data collection

Exclusion criteria

  • Participate in more than 90 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise per week over the past month. This study targets insufficiently active persons to assess the effect of the described exercise intervention, where additional exercise done regularly will contaminate the intervention effects.
  • Unstable comorbidities that prevent participation in moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise. Patients with unstable comorbidities may develop unexpected adverse events from exercise. For the purpose of patients' safety, as well as because this study involves remote, home-based exercise where close supervision is not possible, patients with unstable medical conditions are excluded.
  • Subjects who in the opinion of the investigator may not be able to comply with the safety monitoring requirements of the study.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

84 participants in 2 patient groups

Group A: Exercise Group
Experimental group
Description:
42 participants will be enrolled using a permuted blocked design with varying block size and will complete study procedures as follows: Baseline in-office visit. Completion of exercise sessions 3x weekly. Post-intervention in-office visit.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Exercise Program
Group B: Waitlist Control Group
No Intervention group
Description:
42 participants will be enrolled using a permuted blocked design with varying block size and will complete study procedures as follows: Baseline in-office visit. Participants will be asked to maintain baseline exercise behavior and/or usual, daily activities. Post-intervention in-office visit. Participants will be offered to participate in the exercise program upon the completion of post-intervention assessments.

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Christina Dieli-Conwright, MPH, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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