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Breast cancer patients in Hampton Roads may qualify for this study

Sentara Healthcare is enrolling eligible patients in Hampton Roads to participate in the nationwide Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study.

According to the National Library of Medicine, the primary goal of this trial is to compare two groups, one with supervised weight loss intervention and education materials and the other group with health educational materials “upon invasive disease free survival (IDFS)” or cancer free.

“We are hoping to learn if maintaining a healthier weight will lead to less recurrence, and better survival rates, from breast cancer,” said Dr. Jennifer May, manager of the Sentara Cancer Research Program. “We believe this study will have a positive impact on their health.”

The study is through Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, part of the National Cancer Institute and Sentara is the “only healthcare system” in Hampton Roads participating in this study, May said.

There are five Sentara locations enrolling eligible patients. Read more about the eligibility requirements and clinical study here.

“Marybeth Hughes, M.D., a surgical oncologist with Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Sentara Cancer Network is the principal investigator for the study and is currently enrolling patients in the Hampton Roads region,” May said.

There is currently no deadline and May expects to be enrolling patients over the next two years until the study reaches its goal of 3,136 patients, May said.

Currently, there are 1,715 patients enrolled nationwide, including two in Hampton Roads.

The Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study is open to eligible patients in select Sentara locations in Hampton Roads.

For information, call the cancer research office 757-388-2840 or email

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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