Feasibility of a Consumer Based Accelerometer in Monitoring Outpatient Physical Activity: A Study in Patients With Cancer and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Purpose:

This is a parallel group, single institution, prospective clinical study. The purpose of this study is to assess whether the Jawbone Up 24, a consumer based accelerometer, can be a feasible tool to study physical activity in cancer patients and patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Study Status:

Not recruiting


Prostate Cancer , Renal Cancer , Brain Cancer , ALS

Study Type:


Type of Intervention:


Intervention Name:






Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):

Michael Harrison, MD, Duke University

Clinicaltrials.gov ID:


Neals Affiliated?


Coordinating Center Contact Information

Duke University Medical Center

Durham, North Carolina, 27710 United States

Full Study Summary:

Primary Outcome Measures:
Compliance rate of cancer and ALS patients using the device during a 14 week period. [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
Number of steps per day in cancer patients. [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Karnofsky performance status in cancer patients. [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Study Sponsor:

Duke University

Participant Duration:

14 weeks

Estimated Enrollment:


Estimated Study Start Date:

06 / 30 / 2015

Estimated Study Completion Date:

10 / 01 / 2017

Posting Last Modified Date:

12 / 12 / 2017

Date Study Added to neals.org:

05 / 29 / 2015

Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:


Can participants use Riluzole?


Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients > = 18 years of age.

- Patient must be able to ambulate and complete the 6 minute walk test without use of a walker, cane, or any assist devices.

- Cancer patients or ALS patients who meet the following criteria:

Prostate cancer:

- Histologically confirmed prostate cancer.

- Patients who are initiating any chemotherarpy (examples are docetaxel, cabazitaxel, etc.) and/or hormone directed treatment for prostate cancer. Examples of hormone directed therapy include GnRH agonist or antagonists (such as leuprolide, goserelin, triptorelin, histrelin and degarelix), androgen receptor blockers (such as bicalutamide or enzalutamide), or androgen biosynthesis inhibitors (such as abiraterone).

Renal cancer:

- Histologically confirmed renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

- Metastatic disease, in the opinion of the treating provider.

- Starting any systemic therapy for metastatic disease

Brain cancer:

- Histologically confirmed high grade glioma.

- Status post concurrent radiation therapy and daily temozolomide.

- Starting adjuvant temozolomide therapy.

ALS patients who are:

- Already on a stable dose of Riluzole for at least one month.

- ALSFRS-R with <or equal to 2 point decline in last month.

- Must have ALSFRS-R walking score of at least 3 or 4 and FVC at least 50% (to ensure patients are fit enough for ambulation and physical activity).

- Technology requirement:

- Patients will need to own a smart phone that can interface with the Jawbone Up 24.

- Patients willing to provide their own internet access for this study. This will include either a data plan or Wi-Fi access on the patient's smart phone for use of the Jawbone App. They will also need internet access (through their smart phone or home computer) for setting up a SGHIx account. Patients are welcome to use the free guest Wi-Fi access within the Duke Outpatient clinic area for the purpose of this study.

- Patients will need a home computer or adaptor with USB port to charge the Jawbone Up 24.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Non-English Speaking or inability to read and understand English

- Presence of cardiovascular disease that would make physical activity risky at the discretion of the provider.

- Any patient who is unable to comprehend and operate the activity tracker at the discretion of the enrolling provider.

Duke University Medical Center

Durham, North Carolina 27710
United States