Study Design: Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial
Disease Area: Cancer / Breast Cancer
Funder: Yorkshire Cancer Research
Sponsor: Northumbria University
Chief Investigator: Prof John Saxton and Dr Caroline Wilson
Trial Registration: ISRCTN15088551

North of England Women’s Diet and Activity After Breast Cancer


In the UK, studies have reported a range of health benefits following interventions to increase physical activity and improve dietary behaviours, also known as lifestyle behaviour changes after primary treatment of early-stage breast cancer.

Identified barriers to positive lifestyle behaviour change include a lack of motivation, fears about cancer recurrence, physical factors such as common physical side effects of breast cancer treatment (fatigue, lymphoedema, weight gain), the ageing process and contextual/environmental factors such as employment and access to exercise facilities.

In contrast, facilitators for positive lifestyle behaviour change include a desire to lose weight, access to supervised exercise and dietary education, feeling a sense of control, peer support and having an opportunity to regain a sense of normality.

Despite these study findings, breast cancer patients consistently report a lack of accurate information and/or support from health professionals, including accurate lifestyle advice for people living with treatment-induced physical limitations. Offering a route to supported, personalised lifestyle behaviour change interventions could address an important unmet need for women and provide treating clinicians with well-defined advice and guidance at this opportune ‘teachable moment’.

What we plan to do

Through qualitative work, a team of researchers from Northumbria University have developed a lifestyle behaviour change intervention for overweight women following primary treatment of early stage breast cancer.

The intervention will now be tested in a multi-centre, randomised controlled superiority trial. An external pilot trial will assess the feasibility and acceptability of the NEWDAY-ABC intervention and assess the recruitment and retention assumptions.

In collaboration with Northumbria University, Hull Health Trials Unit are responsible for trial management and data management systems for the NEWDAY-ABC study.

Chief Investigator

Prof John Saxton Professor in Clinical Exercise Physiology - University of Hull 
Dr Caroline Wilson Oncologist - Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

HHTU Study team

Matthew Northgraves - Trial Manager
Bronwen Williams - Operations Manager
Sarah Sumpter - Senior Data Manager
Judith Cohen - Director
John Turgoose - Information Systems Manager


Dr Sarah Wane Researcher - Northumbria University
Dr Katie Pickering Researcher - Sheffield Hallam University

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Participating Sites and their Project Investigators

  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Fundation Trust Dr Caroline Wilson
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust Dr Daniela Lee
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  Dr Wendy Carr

Watch this space.