Breast cancer study needs participants

A healthcare study is seeking the participation of women who were diagnosed with advanced breast cancer

There is a growing number of women who live many years with advanced breast cancer as a long-term chronic condition. One might even be so bold to say that there is an opportunity for a new form of breast cancer ‘survivorship.’

In Central Vancouver Island, a healthcare study is seeking the participation of women who were diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at least two years ago and are not experiencing active health decline. In other words women who are living relatively well with an advanced breast cancer.

Research participation will include two informal interviews, with options for further participation depending on interests and health of potential participants. The exact format and time line of study participation is flexible as to meet individual participant needs, for example the length of each interview.

The research goal is to increase awareness and insights into the lives of women who experience advanced breast cancer as an ongoing health condition, an often hidden group of women with breast cancer.

The study is lead by Sheryl Shermak an interdisciplinary doctoral student at the University of Victoria, out of the nursing department. Shermak has spent many years in community advocacy for breast cancer. Her general research interest is people’s experiences of living with chronic or ongoing forms of serious illness in smaller communities.

If you think you might be interested in participating in this research, you can learn more by contacting Shermak at 1-250-886-4691 or sshermak@uvic.ca.