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Suzanne Lechner at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Study abstract

We previously found that a group-based, cognitive behavioral stress management (CBSM) intervention facilitated psychosocial adaptation after adjuvant therapy in women recently treated for breast cancer by reducing intrusive thoughts, anxiety, social disruption, and negative affect. The intervention also decreased physical symptoms (e.g., fatigue, sleep disruption) and stress markers (e.g., serum cortisol levels), as well as, increased positive affect, benefit finding, and positive states of mind in participants. Such effects held up to one year after surgery. However, the intervention, as is consistent with the larger body of psycho-oncology intervention research, focused primarily on white, middle class women, recruited from private practices and university-based medical centers. The proposed study will address this disparity by adapting our CBSM intervention for Black breast cancer survivors in South Florida, who are grossly underserved in terms of psychosocial needs.

Study review

This study at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida is evaluating a breast cancer education program for Black/African American women in South Florida that incorporates stress management and relaxation skills training. The researchers wanted to enroll 85 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on January 26, 2011. The research team closed enrollment on November 2, 2012. Due to the strict eligibility criteria and study location, the Army of Women was unable to provide women who were interested in enrolling in the study.