What is WISER Survivor?

The WISER Survivor project is a one year weight loss and exercise study for sedentary breast cancer survivors who are overweight and who have symptoms or a history of breast cancer related lymphedema.

This study will examine the effect of exercise and/or weight loss has on lymphedema, breast cancer recurrence and quality of life. This is important because exercise and/or weight loss might reduce recurrence risk for breast cancer and lymphedema symptoms through these physiological changes. The study will involve 500 pre- and post-menopausal women. Each woman will be in the study for approximately 12 months. Check out our video for more details!

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Where does the name WISER Survivor come from?

WISER stands for: Women In Steady Exercise Research

Survivor: This is a follow-up study to the WISER study that was recently completed at the University of Minnesota, which focused on breast cancer prevention in the general population of young women and the currently ongoing WISER Sister study that is focused on breast cancer prevention among young women at elevated riskWISER Survivor focuses on breast cancer recurrence risk among breast cancer survivors.

Please note, the WISER Survivor study will be looking for participants over the next three years, beginning in the fall of 2011. Interested women are encouraged to apply. We are accepting women who live in the following counties in Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware, and the following counties in New Jersey: Burlington, Camden, Glouster and Mercer. Email us at wiser2@mail.med.upenn.edu to inquire about participation and intervention sites near you.