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From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition
BOX 7-6 Active American Cancer Society Cancer Survivorship Grants (Adults)
Two psychosocial programs will be compared, one with an educational focus and the other a spiritual focus. The programs’ effects on physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being will be assessed among cancer patients who are medically underserved and members of minority populations.
Problems faced by younger breast cancer survivors and their partners will be identified and compared to those of older survivors, and a control group of women (acquaintances of the breast cancer survivors).
Assessments will be made of the impact of various treatments for prostate cancer on the quality of life of poor white and African-American survivors.
Comparison of treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia on thinking and memory will be made in an effort to develop strategies to improve quality of life after cancer treatment.
An assessment will be made of how quality of social support resources affects adjustment among lesbians with breast cancer.
A longitudinal study will attempt to distinguish between cause and effect in the search for meaning in life, benefit finding, and quality of life for individuals diagnosed with lung or colorectal cancer.
SOURCE: Personal communication, B. Teschendorf, ACS, February 23, 2005.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through research and education. Since its inception in 1982, it has awarded over $144 million through more than 1,000 research grants. In 2003–2004, the Foundation supported five survivorship-related research grants totaling approximately $1.25 million (Komen Foundation, 2004). The projects supported by the grants explore topics such as memory problems, osteoporosis, and other long-term treatment effects; characteristics and needs of Hispanic breast cancer survivors; and outcomes in women diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy.
Federal investments in cancer survivorship research have been relatively modest. The NCI’s Office of Cancer Survivorship, the federal locus