Survivorship: Promoting Reproductive and Sexual Health after Cancer

Identifying and implementing effective and scalable strategies to support cancer survivors and their partners/families across the cancer continuum.

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:

Mindful After Cancer (MAC) Study

Fostering positive body image, sexual health, and well-being.

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the feasibility and impact of a mindfulness program designed to meet the needs of female cancer survivors struggling with body image and sexual health concerns after cancer diagnosis and treatment. Women who have survived cancer have voiced a pressing need for support to help them manage these concerns, but there remain significant gaps in services and programs to meet this need.

Visit Mindful After Cancer (MAC) Study to see if you are able to be a research participant.