Our current research aims to fill the gap in supportive care for young cancer survivors and couples struggling with reproductive and sexual health concerns after cancer. Our long-term goal is to identify and implement effective and scalable strategies to support cancer survivors and their partners/families across the cancer continuum.

Life does not return to "normal" when cancer treatment ends. Younger survivors, in particular, have the hardest time adjusting to life after cancer, experiencing significantly more unsupportive responses from family and friends, higher depressive symptoms, higher levels of avoidant coping, and more negative appraisal of the illness and its impact than older survivors.

Additionally, many cancer patients will be exposed to treatment that can hinder reproductive health as well as cause scarring, pain, and concerns about body image. Left unaddressed, these concerns can negatively affect partner relationships and quality of life well after treatment ends.

 

Currently recruiting participants

We are currently recruiting participants for the following research projects.

 

Opening the Conversation

We would like to find out more about how couples, where one member is a cancer survivor, communicate with each other and their healthcare providers about reproductive and sexual health after cancer.

Visit Opening the Conversation to see if you are able to be a research participant.

 

Mindfulness based program for sexual health after cancer

Survivor interview

We are modifying a mindfulness-based program to address sexual health concerns for women who have survived cancer. Participants will complete one interview, either in person or over the telephone.

Visit survivor interview to see if you are able to be a research participant.

 

Pilot program recruitment

We are evaluating a mindfulness-based program to address sexual health concerns for women who have survived cancer. Participants will attend weekly group sessions for 8 weeks. Each session is about 2 hours long and will focus on mindfulness and sexual health concerns. You will complete a written questionnaire before and after the 8-week program.

Visit pilot program recruitment to see if you are able to be a research participant.