Exercise is a potent aid to recovery after reproductive cancer treatment. Exercise has been effectively used in breast and other common cancers to reduce women’s risk of developing treatment-related chronic conditions. However, there is little education and support to help women treated for reproductive cancers to safely and sustainably integrate exercise into their daily routine following treatment. This disparity has created an unmet need. Approximately 20,000 Australian women treated for reproductive cancer have developed, or are at risk of developing, detrimental treatment outcomes.

The ACUMEN trial addresses this critical unmet health need. ACUMEN has two components.

1. Study 1 is a randomised control trial of a targeted exercise and behavioural change intervention for women previously treated for reproductive cancers. Outcome measures include quality of life, exercise self-efficacy and several physiological measures (e.g VO2peak, blood markers of chronic disease risk).

2. Study 2 is a complementary mixed-method exploration of how best to facilitate the implementation of exercise into clinical practice after cancer treatment. Outcomes include quantitative and qualitative indications of intervention acceptability, appropriateness, feasibility, clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness.

This project is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (2020-23)

Project members

The University of Queensland researchers involved in this project are:

Dr Tom Bailey

Research Fellow & Affliate Lecturer
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Research Fellow
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Associate Professor Tina Skinner

Associate Professor
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

Dr Sjaan Gomersall

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Affliate Senior Lecturer
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

Mrs Grace Rose

PhD Candidate

Miss Lizzy Stewart

PhD Candidate

Prof Sandie McCarthy

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Associate Professor Haitham Tuffaha

Centre for the Business and Economics of Health

Professor Jane Turner

Faculty of Medicine

Yufan Wang

PhD Candidate
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work