Par­tic­i­pants needed for breast can­cer study

The Compass - - OPINION -

Women un­der the age of 50 and cur­rently one to five years past a breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis could be el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in a study be­ing car­ried out by a re­search team at Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity.

The uni­ver­sity’s Fam­ily Medicine Teach­ing Unit in Fredericton, NB was re­cently awarded a re­search grant from the Cana­dian Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion At­lantic Chap­ter. The goal of the study is to as­sess the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion needs of young women un­der age 50 with breast can­cer in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, New Brunswick, Nova Sco­tia and New­found­land and Labrador.

Dr. Baukje ( Bo) Miedema, di­rec­tor of re­search at the teach­ing unit is the prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor and Julie Easley is co-in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

It is es­ti­mated that 30 per cent of all new di­ag­noses of breast can- cer are in women un­der the age of 50.

While most breast can­cer treat­ment op­tions avail­able to­day are ben­e­fi­cial and life­sav­ing, says the fam­ily medicine teach­ing unit, they are also as­so­ci­ated with phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial ef­fects that may have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the qual­ity of life of sur­vivors.

Spe­cific ob­jec­tives of the study are:

• to iden­tify and doc­u­ment in­ter­ven­tions and ser­vices pre­ferred by young women to as­sist with their con­cerns and needs af­ter breast can­cer treat­ment

• to iden­tify fac­tors that may im­pact or pre­vent can­cer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion uti­liza­tion

• to trans­fer the knowl­edge to pol­icy mak­ers, health care pro­fes­sion­als and ad­vo­cacy groups in or­der to help ad­vo­cate and pro- mote the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of can­cer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams and ser­vices to ad­dress young women’s needs in At­lantic Canada.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the study in­volves an in­ter­view ap­prox­i­mately one-hour long and a 30minute fol­low-up in­ter­view six to eight months later, to dis­cuss ex­pe­ri­ences with breast can­cer and any is­sues an in­di­vid­ual may be fac­ing af­ter treat­ment.

Any­one who has ques­tions about the study or would like to par­tic­i­pate should con­tact Julie Easley or Naomi Tschirhart at the Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity Fam­ily Medicine Teach­ing Unit, Dr. Everett Chalmers Re­gional Hospi­tal, Fredericton: toll free 1866-323-1833; or by email at: Julie. easley@ rvh. nb. ca or Naomi.tschirhart@rvh.nb.ca

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