When I saw my oncologist shortly after completing the last of my cancer treatments, he asked if I would be interested in participating in a potentially ground-breaking study that investigates the impact of weight loss in overweight or obese women on breast cancer recurrence.

Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study (BWEL)

Dana Farber and Fitbit formed a partnership to support this study which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 20% of women treated for breast cancer today experience a recurrence of the disease with most of them developing metastatic breast cancer. Excess body weight has long been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer and growing evidence suggests that obesity is associated with a poor prognosis in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

However, despite many reports supporting a relationship between weight and breast cancer prognosis, there have been no studies examining the effect of weight loss upon the risk of recurrence.

If this study shows that losing weight through increasing physical activity and reducing calories improves survival rates in breast cancer patients, this could lead to weight loss and physical activity becoming a standard part of the treatment for millions of breast cancer patients around the world!

I was very excited to sign on to be part of this study (once I got over the whole, "overweight or obese," thing!!)

I received a workbook, access to a lifestyle coach, a Fitbit, Fitbit Scale, food scale, cookbook, and several other tools as well. The workbook is based on the principles of making healthy lifestyle changes after a breast cancer diagnosis.


Pam Robbins 

Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study

Welcome, Y'all!

My name is Pam Robbins. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of  2016, but I am much more than my diagnosis.

I am a wife, mom, grandma, somewhat overweight, slightly over the hill--runner, marathoner, a woman of faith, great southern chef wannabe, crafty gal, philanthropist, and SURVIVOR! And, I am taking my life back after chemo, surgery, and radiation! 

​Marathon running, breast cancer surviving, hissy fit pitching, old southern belle broad extraordinaire--Pam Robbins

For myself, personally-giving up on running would

be like giving up on life.