This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition breast cancer
Treatments educational/counseling intervention, therapeutic dietary intervention
Phase phase 3
Sponsor University of California, San Diego
Collaborator National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start date March 1995
End date March 2007
Trial size 3000 participants
Trial identifier NCT00003787, CDR0000066920, NCI-G99-1508, UCSD-980919, UCSD-WHEL


RATIONALE: Dietary fats, fruits, vegetables, and fiber may affect the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

PURPOSE: Randomized clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and fiber and low in fat in women who have been treated for stage I, stage II, or stage III breast cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective prospective
high fiber, high vegetable, low-fat diet
educational/counseling intervention
therapeutic dietary intervention
NCI-recommended diet
therapeutic dietary intervention

Primary Outcomes

Breast Cancer Recurrence
time frame: Lifetime

Secondary Outcomes

time frame: Lifetime

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants from 18 years up to 70 years old.

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Primary operable stage I (tumors at least 1 cm), stage II, and stage IIIA invasive breast carcinoma Treatment within the past 4 years by total mastectomy and axillary dissection, or breast sparing surgical removal of cancer with clear macroscopic margins and axillary dissection followed by adjuvant breast radiation No evidence of recurrent disease or new breast cancer since completion of initial local treatment confirmed within the past 6 months by physician evaluation, except stage I mastectomy, for which physician evaluation can be within 1 year prior to randomization Hormone receptor status: Not specified PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 to 70 at time of diagnosis Sex: Female Menopausal status: Not specified Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: At least 10 years (excluding breast cancer) Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: No cirrhosis Renal: Not specified Other: Not pregnant Accessible geographically and by telephone Able to communicate dietary data via 24-hour food recall Able to commit to the intervention schedule No comorbidity requiring a specific diet or taking a medication which contraindicates consuming a high fiber diet (e.g., systemic scleroderma, other digestive malabsorption syndromes, and insulin dependent diabetes) No other primary or recurrent invasive cancer within the past 10 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: No concurrent estrogen replacement therapy, including vaginal estrogen creams Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: No concurrent enrollment in another clinical trial that has dietary restrictions or endpoints similar to this study

Additional Information

Official title Dietary Intervention in Women Who Have Been Treated For Stage I, Stage II, or Stage III Breast Cancer: Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) Study
Description OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and fiber and low in fat is associated with a longer breast cancer event-free interval in breast cancer survivors. II. Motivate an intervention group of breast cancer survivors to adopt and maintain a dietary pattern that is rich in vegetables, fruit, and fiber and low in fat. III. Demonstrate that the intervention can produce significant changes in circulating carotenoid and estrogen biomarkers compared to a healthy control diet. IV. Test whether the probability of a secondary cancer event is associated with change in self-reported dietary intake, circulating carotenoid concentrations, and circulating estrogen concentrations. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to age (under 55 vs 55 and over at time of diagnosis), stage of tumor (stage I and at least 1 cm vs stage II/IIIA), and clinical site. Patients are randomized to one of two healthy dietary regimens: Arm I: Patients are taught to follow a dietary pattern that will produce significant changes in circulating carotenoid and estrogen biomarkers. Arm II: Patients are assigned to follow dietary guidelines established by the National Cancer Institute and the USDA. All patients participate in 24 hour dietary recalls, cooking classes, as well as complete several questionnaires, at baseline and then at 12, 24 or 36, 48, and 72 months; a randomly selected 50% sample participate in recall at 6 months. Patients are followed by telephone every 6 months for an average of 6 years. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 3,000 women will be accrued for this study within 5 years.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2014.
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