Design and methods of a randomized web-based physical activity intervention among children with cancer: A report from the Children's Oncology Group

Megan E. Ware, Nina S. Kadan-Lottick, Meenakshi Devidas, Sarah Terrell, Eric J. Chow, Matthew J. Ehrhardt, Kristina K. Hardy, Wassim Chemaitilly, Wendy Hein, Naomi Winick, David Teachey, Adam Esbenshade, Saro H. Armenian, Robyn E. Partin, Kirsten K. Ness

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Background: Promoting physical activity soon after treatment for childhood cancer may benefit health because sedentary lifestyle during curative therapy may perpetuate physical and emotional complications. The primary goals of this study are to evaluate the effects of a 6-month web-based, rewards-based physical activity intervention on fitness, biomarkers of cardiometabolic health, inflammation, adipokine status, quality of life and school attendance, and determine if effect of intervention on markers of cardiometabolic health is mediated by changes in fitness. The primary outcome of interest is fitness (physiological cost index, six-minute walk test) measured at end of intervention. Methods: This ongoing study is a two-arm, prospective, randomized design with accrual goals of 192 children for intervention and control groups. Children ≥8 years and < 16 years of age, not meeting recommended levels of physical activity, who completed therapy within the past 12 months are eligible. Both groups receive: 1) educational materials encouraging physical activity, 2) activity monitor, 3) access to web-based interface designed to motivate physical activity, 4) rewards based on physical activity levels, and 5) access to their activity data on the web-interface. Those randomized to intervention: 1) can view others' activity and interact with other participants, and 2) receive rewards based on physical activity levels throughout the intervention (vs. at the end of the intervention for control group). Conclusion: Unique, scalable, and portable physical activity interventions that motivate young survivors are needed. This study will inform future web-based physical activity interventions for children with cancer by demonstrating effects of rewards and social interaction. Clinical trials: Identifier: NCT03223753; COG Identifier: ALTE1631.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106961
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Childhood cancer survivors
  • Physical activity
  • Rewards-based
  • Web-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Design and methods of a randomized web-based physical activity intervention among children with cancer: A report from the Children's Oncology Group'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this