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Pathways to Wellness

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Patricia A. Ganz, MD, Julienne Bower, PhD, and Catherine Crespi, PhD, at University of California, Los Angeles; Ann Partridge, MD, MPH and Hadine Jaffe, MD, MSc at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and Antonio Wolff, MD, Katherine Smith, PhD, and Elissa Bantug, MHS, at Johns Hopkins University

The purpose of this study is to see how well two different types of group programs—mindfulness-meditation classes and survivorship education classes—meet the needs of young survivors. Up to 360 women will take part in this study. Three institutions are collaborating on this project: University of California, Los Angeles, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Johns Hopkins University

What does participation involve?

If you sign up for the Pathways to Wellness study, the research team will contact you and ask you additional questions to make sure you are eligible to participate. If you are eligible and choose to participate, you will be randomized (like flipping a coin) to one of three groups.

• Group 1—Mindfulness meditation classes that teach participants how to react to their thoughts, feelings and physical sensations with openness, curiosity, and acceptance.

• Group 2—Survivorship education classes on topics such as quality of life, medical management, hereditary cancers, work-life balance, body image, sexuality, fertility, nutrition, and physical activity.

• Group 3—Usual care group. You will be able to select which program you would like to attend—mindfulness meditation or survivorship education—after groups 1 and 2 have completed them.

Classes will meet for 6 weeks (once a week for 2 hours) and are held at the study sites: University of California, Los Angeles, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Johns Hopkins University. The research team will also ask you to go to the study site for three in-person appointments: before the 6-week class starts, after it ends, and 6 months later. At each visit, you will be asked to complete questionnaires, have your height and weight measured, and provide a blood sample.

University of California, Los Angeles; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA; and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD