Participants needed for breast cancer study
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.firstname.lastname@example.org