Dianaweb: Un progetto dimostrativo per migliorare la prognosi in donne con carcinoma mammario attraverso gli stili dl vita

Translated title of the contribution: Dianaweb: A demonstration project to improve breast cancer prognosis through lifestyles

Anna Villarini, Milena Villarini, Giuliana Gargano, Massimo Moretti, Franco Berrino

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In the field of cancer prevention, the public ask to be involved more actively in scientific research and in the production of knowledge. This is leading to an increase of participatory projects in the field of epidemiology. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) has received considerable attention in the past 15 years; it is becoming a recognized and important approach in addressing health disparities in cancer prevention. The increasing accessibility of new methods of comparison, discussion and information, allows to link a large number of people. The project DianaWeb was born in 2015 at the Department of Predictive Medicine and Prevention of the National Cancer Institute, Milan. This CBPR involves women with diagnosis of breast cancer (BC). DianaWeb communications are based on an interactive online platform developed "ad hoc" (www.dianaweb.org). With very few exceptions, all communication between participants and research team will be on the web. The recruitment is done through Internet, hospitals, physicians, media and word of mouth. Women can join the project independently, under the control of researchers and the aim of the study is to assess whether healthy eating and regular physical activity can improve the quality of life and increase survival rates in women with diagnosis of BC. About 50,000 Italian women with a diagnosis of BC with or without metastasis, local recurrence or second cancers; with in situ or invasive cancer, whatever the disease stage at diagnosis, whatever histological diagnosis, whatever the time elapsed since diagnosis should be recruited in the DianaWeb project. The volunteers are asked to send clinical information about their condition from diagnosis onwards, on their weight and other anthropometric measures, lifestyles and nutrition through online questionnaires. Moreover, the women enrolled in the study, after login, can access evidence- based information and results obtained during the project (individual and whole community data). Volunteers can also contribute to the growth of knowledge about lifestyles to be adopted by sharing recipes, movement strategies, how to manage the change in daily practice, which will be judged by the researchers to verify the compliance with the recommendations provided before networking.

Translated title of the contributionDianaweb: A demonstration project to improve breast cancer prognosis through lifestyles
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)402-405
Number of pages4
JournalEpidemiologia e prevenzione
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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