Accession Number : ADA304725

Title :   Psychological Intervention for Women With Breast Cancer.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Sep 94-31 Aug 95,

Corporate Author : OHIO STATE UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLUMBUS

Personal Author(s) : Andersen, Barbara L.

PDF Url : ADA304725

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : Psychological research documents that the psychosocial burdens following breast cancer are notable in number, severity, and scope. A biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course has been proposed (see Andersen, Kiecolt-Claser, & Claser, 1994) and provides a conceptual basis for the proposed research. We will test the model with a clinical trial: 200 women with stage II or III breast cancer who have been recently diagnosed and surgically treated will be randomized between two conditions: (1) assessment and intervention, or (2) assessment only (control). In addition to documenting the quality of life benefits of a psychological intervention, this study provides an experimental test of the psychological and behavioral variables which may influence clinical outcomes directly. Further, we tested a specific mechanism--alteration in immune function--to achieve beneficial health effects for women with breast cancer.

Descriptors :   *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), *CLINICAL MEDICINE, *MAMMARY GLANDS, *BREAST CANCER, TEST AND EVALUATION, HEALTH, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, VARIABLES, QUALITY, BEHAVIOR, PSYCHOLOGY, BENEFITS, WOMEN, INTERVENTION, LIVING STANDARDS.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE