A research study for teen and young adult survivors of childhood cancer.


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About the Study

Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

Researchers at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are doing a research study to understand the effects of a fitness program that consists of 8 weekly, 90-minute in-person group sessions with a trainer for 2 months and the use of a mobile app for another month (you do NOT need to have a smartphone to participate).  Because childhood cancer survivors can have trouble with physical activity and fitness after treatment, programs that help increase physical activity might help improve physical fitness, health, and quality of life.

"The program is approachable for all levels of fitness and provides cancer specific information to promote an all around healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend this program for any cancer survivor looking to make a change for the better."  - Kevin, age 25

What Does the Study Involve?

FitSurvivor screenshotYour participation would involve:

  • Completing the FitSurvivor fitness program
    • Attending 8 weekly 90-minute group sessions with a trainer
    • Using the FitSurvivor App
    • Wearing a FitBit wristband activity monitor (yours to keep when the study is over)
  • Meeting with the research staff 5 times for about 1-1.5 hours each over the course of 9 months to complete physical fitness tests and questionnaires about your activity levels and well-being. You will also be asked to wear a small wristband activity monitor for 7 days prior to or following each research staff meeting. You will receive a $20 gift card for each meeting.

Our goal is to understand if the FitSurvivor program helps teen and young adult cancer survivors improve their physical fitness, physical activity levels, and quality of life. To do so, we will ask you to wear a small activity monitor for 7 days, complete physical fitness tests, and complete questionnaires about your activity levels and well-being at the beginning of the study. We will ask you to repeat these tests at 2, 3, 6, and 9 months to look for changes over time. The first assessment takes about 1-1.5 hours; the rest take about 1 hour each. After you complete the first assessment, you will be randomly assigned (like flipping a coin) to either start the fitness program right away or after waiting for 6 months. You have an equal chance of getting one group or the other but there is no way to know ahead of time which group you will get. Having the two groups allows us to figure out if any changes in fitness that we see are because of the program or something else.  

"FitSurvivor is one of the best things I have ever done. I feel so much better and healthier now." - Kayla, age 25

FitSurvivor flyer

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Who Can Participate?

The study is open to teen and young adult survivors of childhood cancer ages 13 to 25 who have been off treatment for 6 months or longer. Please contact us for more details and eligibility criteria.

"This program is a great go-to if you want to get stronger." - Anna, age 13



Currently enrolling for the New Brunswick-based program located at the Rutgers New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, 61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Space for this study is limited, so for more information or to sign up, please contact us:


Phone: 732-235-7549


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