Tracy Crane, PhD, MS, RDN

Tracy Crane
Assistant Professor
Associate Member – University of Arizona Cancer Center
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Research and Clinical:

Research and Clinical Interest: 
Lifestyle behavior interventions including diet, physical activity and tobacco use, cancer-related symptoms, eHealth interventions, lifestyle behavior assessment, cancer survivors and caregivers, adaptive study design, NCI cooperative group based research
Research & Scholarship: 

My research program designs, tests, and disseminates evidence-based tailored interventions to reduce symptom burden in cancer survivors and increase adherence to cancer-preventive lifestyle behaviors including diet, physical activity and tobacco use. My research utilizes novel behavior interventions and use of real-time multi-modal methods for assessing and intervention of both symptoms and lifestyle behaviors to prevent cancer. 

My current research projects include several telephone and SMS based lifestyle interventions with a variety of cancer survivors. These studies include a tobacco cessation and multi-behavior intervention in female smokers undergoing radiation therapy, a study among Latina cancer survivovrs and their care-givers evaluating the role of symptom management in increasing adherence to the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention, a dietary intervention for colorectal cancer survivors to improve diet quality and reduce gastrointestinal symptoms and a large national trial evaluating the role of diet and physical activity in progression free survival among survivors who have recently completed treatment for ovarian cancer.

All Funding: 
Funding Source
11/2017 – 10/31/2018
Improving Adherence to ACS Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Latinas with cancer and their informal caregivers (128749-IRG-16-124-37-IRG)
American Cancer Society
Principal Investigator
07/01/2017 – 06/30/2018
Women with a diagnosis or history of cancer, who smoke have greater medical complications and adverse events as compared to patients who do not smoke. For women who smoke during radiation treatment experience a greater number of treatment-related adverse
University of Arizona Health Sciences Faculty Seed Award
Principal Investigator
01/01/2015 - 12/31/2020
Study of biomarkers in ovarian cancer: modulation by activity & diet intervention (R01 CA186700-01A1 Thomson, Cynthia PI)
01/01/11 - 01/01/19
Diet and Physical Activity Change or Usual Care in Improving Progression-Free Survival in Patients with Previously Treated Stage II, III, or IV Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cancer (NCI-2009-00595, CDR0000594600, NCT00719303 Thomson PI)
National Cancer Institute
03/01/17 - 02/28/18
A Personalized Dietary Intervention for Bowel Dysfunction in Rectal Cancer Survivors (City of Hope Sun, V. PI)
Hope Foundation SEED (SWOG Early Exploration and Development) Fund
07/01/12 - 06/30/18
Support for Latinas with Breast Cancer & Their Intimate and Family Partners (RSG-12-120-01-CPPB Badger, Terry PI)
American Cancer Society
07/01/17 - 06/30/19
Arizona Smokers’ Helping (ASHLine) (ADHS11-007339 Thomson, Cynthia PI)
Arizona Department of Health Services

Kaplan DM, Palitsky R, Carey AL, Crane TE, Havens CM, Medrano MR, Reznik SJ, Sbarra DA, O’Connor MF. Maladaptive Repetitive Thought as a Transdiagnostic Phenomenon and Treatment Target: An Integrative Review. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Accepted for Publication November 20, 2017.


Segrin C, Badger TA, Sikorskii A, Crane TE, Pace TW. A Dyadic Analysis of Stress Processes in Latinas with Breast Cancer and Their Family Caregivers. Psycho-Oncology.  Accepted for publication November 1, 2017.


Thomson CA, Crane TE, Garcia DO, Data M, Rohan T, LeBlanc E, Chlebowski R, Qi L. Association between dietary energy density and obesity-associated cancer: Results from the Women’s Health Initiative. Accepted 7/1/2017. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Crane, T.E. and Thomson, C.A. Commentary on Trends in Obesity Prevalence in Adults With a History of Cancer: Results From the US National Health Interview Survey, 1997 to 2014. HemOnc Today. 2016.


Thomson CA, Crane TE, Miller A, Garcia DO, Basen-Engquist K, Alberts DS. A randomized trial of diet and physical activity in women treated for stage II-IV ovarian cancer: Rationale and design of the Lifestyle Intervention for ovarian cancer Enhanced Survival (LIVES): an NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG-225) Study. Accepted for publication in Contemporary Clinical Trials July 2016.


Reeves, K.W., Tehranifar, P., Crane, TE, Ko, L.K., Cameron, C., Hamilton, J.G., Lavigne, J.A., Reiter, P.L. and Thomson, C.A., 2016. Job Talks and Interviews: How to Stand Out and Fit In: A Report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology Junior Members Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention25(1), pp.224-225.


Phipps, A.I., Bhatti, P., Neuhouser, M.L., Chen, C., Crane, TE, Kroenke, C.H., Ochs-Balcom, H., Rissling, M., Snively, B.M., Stefanick, M.L. and Treggiari, M.M., 2015. Prediagnostic Sleep Duration and Sleep Quality in Relation to Subsequent Cancer Survival. Journal of clinical sleep medicine: JCSM: official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.


George SM, Ballard R, Shikany JM. Crane TE, Neuhouser ML. A prospective analysis of diet quality and endometrial cancer among 84,415 postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative. Annals of Epi.25(10): 788-793,  October 2015.


Crane TE, Kulpateea B, Alberts, D., Thomson CA. A Systematic Review of Diet in the Prevention and Progression Free Survival of Ovarian Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Feb;23(2):255-73.


Thomson, CT, Crane, TE, Neuhouser ML, Wertheim, BC. Diet patterns and Ovarian Cancer progression free survival in the Women’s Health Initiative. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 106(11): October 21, 2014.


Butalla AC, Crane TE, Patil B, Wertheim BC, Thompson PA, Thomson CA. Effects of a carrot juice intervention on plasma carotenoids, oxidative stress, and inflammation in overweight breast cancer survivors. Nutr & Cancer. 64(2): February 16, 2012.


Crane TE, Kubota C, West JL, Kroggel M, Wertheim BC, Thomson CA. Increasing the vegetable intake dose is associated with a rise in plasma carotenoids without modifying oxidative stress or inflammation in overweight or obese postmenopausal women. J Nutr. 141(10):1827-33, 2011. [PMID: 21865569].

Book Chapters

Crane TE and Thomson, CA. Biomarkers of Diet and Nutritional Health. IN: Biological Measures of Human Experience. Sievert L, Brown B (Editors). Springer: 2016


Crane TE, Thomson, CA, Rollins CR. Nutrient-drug interactions. IN: Enteral and Tube Feeding (3rd edition). Rombeau J, Rolandelli R. (editors). W.B. Saunders: Philadelphia, PA. 2003.

Honors and Awards: 
NCORP Junior Investigator Travel Award, NRG Semi-annual meeting
University of Arizona Cancer Center Hero Award
American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Scholar
Poster 1st runner up, Annual Western Institute for Nursing (WIN) Research Conference
Estelle F. Schuler Nursing Scholarship, University of Arizona College of Nursing
Hostetter Nursing Scholarship, University of Arizona College of Nursing
Junior Investigator Travel Award, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Agriculture
Institution/LocationDegreeField of Study
University of Arizona
Nutrition Science - Dietetics
University of Arizona
Nutrition Science
University of Arizona
Nurse Science - Chronic Illness Self Management