PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institutes
Division of Behavioral Medicine and Oncology is seeking young women
with breast cancer for a research study on helping families cope with cancer.
The women will participate in educational and support groups for
couples to discuss coping with a chronic illness, stress management
skills, family communication, and parenting concerns. These groups,
led by an oncology nurse and a health psychologist, will meet 1½
hours once a week for 8 weeks.
In addition, groups for children ages 3 to 12 may be available and
would take place at the same time as the parent groups. The children
will receive support and develop their skills for coping with
feelings and managing stress.
To be eligible for this study, women must be premenopausal and have
been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, have a
partner, and have children between the ages of 3 and 12. For more
information, call 412-624-4806.