Running head: FPDEROSSITERC
A methodology to explore the correlation between diagnosis and treatment, lifestyle and psychological factors with weight gain in early stage breast cancer survivors.
Cher de Rossiter
Among the side effects of breast cancer treatment is weight gain. Many more women are surviving breast cancer because of early diagnosis and improvements in treatment; however, weight gain is implicated in recurrence of breast cancer and has other health risks. Being able to understand and control weight gain post breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can lead to significant benefit for patients both physically and psychologically. Much research has focused on different factors implicated in post breast cancer weight gain. This proposal is aimed at an internet-based acquisition of data from breast cancer survivors, combined with information from their medical records to identify the factors that appear to have the greatest impact on weight gain, and to shape the development of interventions and programs to support women in managing their weight during the crises of diagnosis, treatment and then living as cancer survivors.
In 2008 there will be more than 182,000 women (National Cancer Institute, NIH [NCI], n.d.) newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. In addition, more than 40,000 women (NCI) will die of the disease this year. Breast cancer will affect one in eight women in the United States over their lifetimes (National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health [NLM & NIH], 2008, May) with about 2.8 million women living with breast cancer in the United States (Rooney & Wald, 2007). About 20% of women with stage I, II, or III breast cancer will see a recurrence within 10 years, with the stage and grade of cancer, and the type of cancer (hormone receptor positive or negative) affecting the recurrence rate. This rate may be expected to change...