Tailored Communication to Enhance Adaptation Across the Breast Cancer Spectrum
Annual rept. 1 Oct 2001-30 Sep 2002
FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER PHILADELPHIA PA
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Breast cancer represents a serious health concern for women, across the disease spectrum. First despite advances in technology used for intensive disease surveillance and innovative preventive options, interest in and utilization of these technologies is less than optimal, especially among low-income, African-American women and first-degree relatives. Second, among women who have completed cancer treatment, psychological after-effects that can have a negative impact on adjustment and adherence to screening practices are prevalent. Finally, for those cancer patients whose disease has metastasized, clinically relevant psychosocial adjustment problems need to be recognized and managed. It is for these reasons that research leading to improvements in quality of life throughout the disease spectrum is necessary. The Behavioral Center for Excellence, through the coordination of four projects, seeks to understand and evaluate psychosocial approaches for promoting psychological and physical adaptation to cancer risk, treatment and survival. Each project systematically assesses and addresses barriers to, and facilitators of, adjustment and adherence and evaluates interventions designed for this cause. With support from four core facilities, the BCE has assembled a multi-disciplinary research team to conduct an interrelated set of studies that are theoretically-guided, thematically convergent, and synergistic in the impact on the behavioral aspects of breast cancer.
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