This spring provided CSC’s Research and Training Institute
many opportunities -- both nationally and internationally -- to share exciting work in the field of psychosocial oncology research. Joanne Buzaglo, PhD presented a poster entitled Assessing Breast Cancer Survivor Needs for Treatment Decision Support
at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Washington, D.C. This novel study found that more than half (52%) of study registrants arrived at a treatment decisions during their first visit with an oncology specialist. However, only 15% of the group reported that the doctor provided them with information and/or educational materials about their diagnosis.
In June, Mitch Golant, PhD, presented two posters at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 47th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. One study, Patient experience with survivorship care plans: Findings from an online registry of breast cancer survivors
, found that only one in ten of the survivors surveyed received a survivorship care plan upon completion of treatment. 90% of the group, however, reported that they would have liked one.
Further research in this area will inform the development of strategies to ensure that all patients receive a survivorship care plan upon completion of treatment.