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Variations in the Health Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors

Ulrike Boehmer at Boston University School of Public Health
Study abstract

This study has four specific aims: 1. To examine the relationship of patient-derived and cancer-derived factors to QOL among cancer survivors of different sexual orientations. 2. To determine the contribution of sexual minority factors on the QOL of SMW cancer survivors, after patient- and cancer-derived factors have been considered. 3. To explore the perceptions of SMW who adjusted poorly and those who adapted well to breast cancer. 4. To conduct a feasibility study with a sample of SMW to assess likeability and usefulness of an intervention that has been adapted for this population. The results of the proposed study will provide necessary knowledge to inform programs and services to reduce the disparity in cancer burden due to sexual orientation. This study’s determination of the health needs of SMW will inform providers, policy makers, and program developers on strategies for providing high quality care and services to this underserved population. This study’s cultural adaptation of an existing intervention will contribute to the knowledgebase about reducing disparities in the burden of cancer.

Study review

This study at Boston University is looking at the impact sexual orientation has on breast cancer survivorship. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 30 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 10, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on October 6, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 168 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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