Accession Number : ADA322793

Title :   Effect of a Stress Reduction Intervention on Psycho-Immuno-Endocrine Parameters in Early Stage of Breast Cancer.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 30 Sep 95-29 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV MEDICAL CENTER WORCESTER

Personal Author(s) : Massion, Ann O.

PDF Url : ADA322793

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : This is a Career Development Award which provides salary support for research and training done under a separately-funded project, Grant Number DAMD 17-944-4475 (p.1. Dr. James R. Hebert), called the Breast Research Initiative for Determining Effective Skills (BRIDGES), which focuses on skills for coping with breast cancer, and consists of a prospective randomized intervention trial with women ages 65 or less, having stage 1 or 2 breast cancer, randomized to one of three arms: (1) a modified form of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center mindfulness meditation-based Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program (SR&RP); (2) a nutrition education program developed specifically for BRIDGES; and (3) a usual-care control group. Outcome parameters are: (1) psychological and behavioral indices of function and coping; (2) quality of life measures; (3) compliance with the interventions and medical treatment regimens; and (4) immunological/endocrinological measures consisting of cytokines and melatonin. Over the past year, I have been involved in the following aspects of the project: design planning, recruitment, providing part of the SR&RP intervention, writing manuscripts, serving on the Executive and Steering Committees, data analysis, and overseeing sample collection and analysis for the melatonin assays. In addition, I attended extra training programs related to the SR&RP intervention.

Descriptors :   *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), *IMMUNOLOGY, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *PSYCHOLOGY, *MAMMARY GLANDS, *ENDOCRINOLOGY, *BREAST CANCER, DATA PROCESSING, EDUCATION, RANDOM VARIABLES, REDUCTION, DOCUMENTS, SALARIES, INDEXES, RELAXATION, BEHAVIOR, WRITING, INTERVENTION, NUTRITION, ASSAYING, BRIDGES, MASSACHUSETTS, LIVING STANDARDS, MELATONIN.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Stress Physiology

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