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Center for Behavioral Research: Individual Interventions for Breast Cancer Patients

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Annual rept. 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2005

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This is an annual report for the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Breast Cancer, a center of excellence that was initially funded in September 2001. The Center was designed to support, stimulate, conduct, and disseminate research and research reports on the biological and behavioral interactions characterizing the development and progression of breast cancer as well as treatment and survivor effects. Behavioral variables, particularly those directly related to activity in biological regulatory systems and defense systems, appear to be key determinants of participation in early detection and prevention programs effective use of chemoprevention agents and in patient adjustment, caregiving, and quality of life. This multidisciplinary Center is devoted to the investigation of biobehavioral pathways underlying breast cancer prevention and control, including the development of research and training, and the involvement of behavioral scientists, oncologists, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, immunologists, and molecular biologists. These activities are directed towards organization, stimulation, and facilitation of integrated biobehavioral research aimed at prevention and control of breast cancer. The Center has assembled an interacting group of behavioral, biological, and medical scientists to foster new collaborations and extend existing ones in the context of training and education about breast cancer. The training opportunities, free exchange of ideas, and regular interaction will supplement and connect research activity on proposed projects as well as research cores that support this research. Integration of theory, cross-cutting research themes, and multidisciplinary training has begun to produce novel ways of thinking about breast cancer research and innovative, patient-focused research activity.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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