Navigate Up

Study Focuses on Insomnia and Fatigue in Cancer Patients

Are you a cancer patient who has trouble sleeping? Do you suffer from fatigue? You may be eligible to participate in a local research study.

UPMC Hamot and Mercyhurst University are partnering to explore using exercise as a treatment for fatigue and insomnia in cancer patients. If you are a cancer patient who is at least 18 years old, does not have heart disease or diabetes, and is able to exercise at a moderate intensity, you might be a candidate for this study.

Joining the study involves attending a meeting to determine eligibility and then being randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups. One group will do a brisk walking program for 12 weeks, the second group will do yoga for 12 weeks, and the third will continue standard care with their doctors. Classes will be held two to three times per week. Participants are also required to complete questionnaires based on their experiences. Classes will be held at either Mercyhurst University (501 East 38th St., Erie, Pa.) or the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center (5401 Peach St., Erie, Pa.). The programs are free and participants will receive $25 for travel expenses.

For more information, contact Dr. Anne Mishler in the department of Sports Medicine at Mercyhurst University at 814-824-2661.

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |