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Project Title Project CARE

Researcher Suzanne Lechner, PhD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Study Summary This study is evaluating a stress management, relaxation skills training, and breast cancer education program for Black/African-American women with breast cancer. It is being conducted by researchers at the University of Miami who are interested in evaluating what effect this program has on quality of life.

Who Can Participate? You are eligible for the Project CARE Study if you match ALL of the following:

• You are a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer (any stage, including DCIS and metastatic disease)

• This was your first diagnosis of breast cancer

• You completed your chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery within the last 6 months

• You do NOT have a history of other cancers (basal cell skin cancer is OK)

• You self-identify as Black/African American

• You are over the age of 21

• You are able to speak, read, and write English fluently

• You live in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area

After you RSVP, the researcher will ask you additional questions to be sure that this study is a right fit for you.

What Does Participation Involve? If you choose to join Project CARE, you will be asked to participate in 10 weekly group sessions with other survivors and an instructor at a community location. Groups will be forming on an on-going basis over the next 2 years. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes and is conducted in a relaxed setting with refreshments provided.

You will be asked to complete an in-person interview in the privacy of your home or other location of your choice. In addition, you will have your height, weight, and heart rate measured. You will also be asked to provide saliva samples. These activities will occur three times over a 6-month period after enrollment.

The researcher will discuss all study activities with you prior to the start of the study.

The researchers are looking to recruit 85 women for this study.

Where? South Florida: Miami-Dade and Broward counties (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale areas)