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A web-based survey of psychosocial issues in women diagnosed with breast cancer

Isabelle Ares at University of Ottawa
Study abstract

Given that breast cancer survival rates have increased, it has become increasingly important to address the impact of breast cancer on psychosocial issues. The increased survival rate has made it important to focus not only on prevention and treatment, but to also consider issues related to coping and survival during diagnosis, treatment, and remission. Despite this need, there has been little research in this area. One factor that has received little attention in this regard is motherhood. Through the development of a web-based survey, this study will compare mothers with breast cancer to non-mothers with breast cancer and examine the relationship between motherhood and psychosocial and parental measures. With the identification of psychosocial factors and concerns specific to mothers with breast cancer, appropriate interventions for this specific population can be developed to improve coping and quality of life.

Study review

This study at Ottawa University is researching how having had breast cancer affects different aspects of a woman’s life.
The researchers were looking to enroll at least 1,000 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 30, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment the following day on May 1, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 5830 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.