This pilot randomized control trial (RCT) will test a 12-week, multiple behavior intervention physical activity and stress management for survivors with early stage lung cancer (stages I-III) and their family members (1 survivor + 1 family member or friend = 1 dyad). The long-term goal of this research is to improve health outcomes for survivors of lung cancer and their family members.
The goals of the intervention, Breathe Easier, are symptom reduction (less breathlessness, less fatigue, less stress) and change in multiple behaviors (increase in stress management and increase in physical activity, and decrease tobacco use – if appropriate).
Our aim is: To conduct a 6-month, two-group, pilot randomized control trial intervention study with a pre- and post-test study design to estimate preliminary intervention effects on (a) reduction of symptoms (breathlessness, fatigue, and stress) in survivors of non small cell lung cancer (stages I-III) and family members or friends; (b) increase in physical activity behaviors immediately following the intervention and at 3-months; (c) increase in stress management strategies immediately following the intervention and at 3-months; (d) reduction in smoking behavior among participants who smoke tobacco products at study entry immediately following the intervention at 3-months.
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