NE study seeks women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer

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Moving Forward Together 2 is a research study aimed at increasing physical activity among women diagnosed with breast cancer. It is being conducted by the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program and The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI, and is currently recruiting both Reach coaches and study participants across New England.

If you are eligible for this study, you will be randomly assigned to participate in one of two groups. The first group is called Reach to Recovery. If you are assigned to this group, you will receive traditional Reach to Recovery support and services over a 12-week period. Your Reach to Recovery volunteer - a breast cancer survivor, too - will be there through all phases of your journey. You also will receive mailings containing information about breast cancer treatment, recovery, and related survivorship issues. At the end of the study, you will receive helpful exercise tip sheets in the mail.

The second group is called Reach to Recovery Plus. If you are assigned to this group, you will receive a 12-week, home-based walking program in addition to traditional Reach to Recovery materials and services. Your Reach to Recovery coach will be there to support you by phone as you make goals to become more physically active.

You may be eligible to participate if you:


  • Are a woman 21 years of age or older
  • Have been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Do not participate in regular physical activity
  • Are able to walk without assistance
  • Are able to read and speak in English
  • Have access to a telephone.


The study is currently recruiting Reach coaches, as well.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible, please call Moving Forward Together 2 at 401-793-8203 (RI), 1-877-426-8974 (toll-free from other New England states), or email Marissa Waldemore at Thank you!