Background: Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs) are recommended for survival in post-menopausal breast cancer survivors (BCS) with hormone-sensitive disease. AI Adherence is suboptimal, especially in older BCS. Joint pain is a common AI-related symptom that is associated with low AI adherence. The Using Exercise to Relieve Joint Pain in Older Breast Cancer Survivors (REJOIN) Trial will evaluate the efficacy of a self-management intervention (exercise + education) to increase knowledge/self-efficacy for symptom management, reduce joint pain and potentially increase AI adherence in older BCS planning to take AIs. Methods: This randomized controlled pilot trial will include sedentary BCS, 65 years and older, diagnosed with stage I-III hormone-sensitive breast cancer, who have completed primary cancer treatment and are planning to initiate AIs. We will adapt an evidence-based physical activity program for older adults that includes bi-weekly, supervised exercise sessions plus 30 min of education. The 16-week intervention program includes: 8-weeks of supervised sessions plus 8-weeks of self-guided home sessions with periodic phone coaching. We will conduct geriatric assessments plus measurements of exercise, joint pain, and AI adherence (baseline, 4, 6 and 12 months). Discussion: REJOIN is one of the first trials to exclusively target older BCS using a self-management intervention, informed by geriatric assessment and exercise physiology, to improve health outcomes in survivorship. The REJOIN trial could lay the foundation for transdisciplinary research that bridges the gap between clinical and public health perspectives in healthy aging, with the opportunity to translate clinical interventions into non-pharmacological tools for a growing, yet underserved population of older survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1153
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Geriatric Oncology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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