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Reduce Sedentary behavior during Cancer treatment - the RedSedCan study

The overall aim is to investigate the effects of a digital self-management intervention to reduce sedentary behavior in people undergoing neo- or adjuvant cancer treatment for breast, prostate, or colorectal cancer. Furthermore, the aim is to explore the research subjects' experiences of the intervention and to explore health professionals' attitudes and perceived barriers and facilitating factors to support patients with breast, prostate or colorectal cancer to reduce sedentary behavior using a digital self-management program.

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  • Karin Nordin, Uppsala University
  • Annie Palstam, University of Gothenburg
  • Henrik Lindman, Uppsala University och Region Uppsala
  • Abbas Chabok, Region Västmanland och Uppsala University

This project aims to investigate the effectiveness of a digital self-management program to reduce sedentary behavior in people with breast, prostate or colon cancer during so-called neo- or adjuvant cancer treatment (chemotherapy, hormone and/or radiotherapy).

The self-management program has been developed together with patients and researchers and consists of existing high-quality technologies. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups, either to use the self-management program or to a group receiving care as usual.

Those using the self-management program will also be supported by a physiotherapist to set goals for reducing sedentary time and will be able to choose which activities to replace sedentary time. The project will also study the health economic effects and climate benefits of using a digital self-management program.

Some of the people participating in the study will also be asked to participate in interviews about how they experienced using the self-management program. In addition, we will interview health professionals (doctors, nurses and physiotherapists) working with patients undergoing cancer treatment about their views on supporting patients using a digital self-management program to reduce sedentary behavior.



By focusing on reducing sedentary behavior and replacing it with daily physical activities, it is expected that individuals' health will be positively impacted in the short term through, for example, increased well-being and reduced side effects from cancer treatment, and in the long term through reduced risk of developing secondary diseases such as cardiovascular disease.



The project involves a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with follow-ups of up to two years, individual interviews with participants in the intervention group and focus group interviews with health professionals.

This research relates to the following sustainable development goals