Receptivity and preferences of pancreatic cancer family members for participating in lifestyle programs to reduce cancer risk

Lisa A. Howell, Pamela S. Sinicrope, Tabetha A. Brockman, Christi A. Patten, Paul A. Decker, Shawna L. Ehlers, Ashley Nadeau, Kari G. Rabe, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Gloria M. Petersen

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Background: Cancer is a shared family experience that might provide an opportunity for lifestyle change among at-risk family members. The purpose of this study was to assess receptivity and preferences for cancer risk reduction programs among at-risk family members with two or more relatives affected with pancreas cancer.Methods: We surveyed 401 at-risk family members in an existing pancreatic cancer family registry. Participants completed a mailed survey which examined demographic, medical, and psychosocial correlates of willingness to participate in lifestyle cancer risk reduction programs. Multivariable generalized estimating equation approaches were used to model preferences.Results: Overall, 85% (n = 342) of at-risk family members were receptive to lifestyle cancer risk reduction programs. Participant preferred programs focused on nutrition (36%, n = 116) and weight management (33%, n = 108), with Web/Internet (46%, n = 157) being the most preferred delivery channel. Most respondents preferred to participate in programs with their family or friends (74%, n = 182), rather than alone (25%, n = 85). In multivariable analysis, younger age (p = 0.008) and higher perceived likelihood of developing cancer (p = 0.03) were associated with willingness to participate in lifestyle programs.Conclusions: Family members of those with pancreatic cancer are receptive to cancer risk reduction programs focusing on nutrition and weight management delivered via the internet. Further research is indicated to determine how to best incorporate a family-based approach when designing lifestyle intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3
JournalHereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 31 2013



  • Family
  • Health behavior change
  • Lifestyle
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Perceived risk
  • Risk reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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