Coping Together After Breast Cancer

Coping Together with Breast Cancer

A Research Study For Survivors And Their Spouses/Partners

Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center are committed to developing programs that can improve the quality of life for both patients and their family members.

This clinical trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is testing the helpfulness of two programs designed to teach breast cancer survivors and their spouses/partners how to cope with health concerns and improve aspects of their physical, emotional, relationship, and sexual well-being.

No visits to Fox Chase are required for your participation in this study. 

How The Study Works

If you decide to be part of this study, you and your spouse or partner will be randomly assigned to one of two programs. Couples in both programs will receive four sessions with a counselor over the phone lasting about 60 minutes each. Sessions will be scheduled at your convenience.

Program #1:

Couples in this program will learn ways of improving their intimate relationship through education, communication exercises, and intimacy-building activities.

Program #2:

Couples in this program will learn about living a healthy lifestyle after breast cancer treatment in key areas such as sleep, stress management, and coping together as a couple.

What Participants Are Saying About Our Programs

“We have a solid relationship but needed help finding a new normal. We didn’t know where to start. This program opened up lines of communication...”
“I liked that we could meet using the telephone so my husband and I were in the comfort of our own home.”

Couple In Both Programs:

No visits to Fox Chase are required for your participation in this study.
Before and after the program, couples in both programs will complete four sets of online computer- based or paper/mail surveys at home, which will assess aspects of physical, emotional, relationship, and sexual health. Couples will receive gift cards for completing each of the four surveys.

Who Is Eligible?

You may be eligible to take part in this study if:

  • You are over age 18.
  • You are living with a spouse or partner and he or she is also over age 18.
  • You finished treatment for non-recurrent breast cancer between 6 months and 5 years ago.
  • Your breast cancer is not metastatic (has not spread to any other parts of your body).
  • You have not been treated for any other types of cancer (including past breast cancer).
  • Your spouse or partner also agrees to take part in the study.

More Information

This is a collaborative study among Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Cancer Support Community, and Duke Health, and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health.

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