The Cancer Support Community's Research and Training Institute recently announced the creation of a new nationwide registry for breast cancer survivors.
The registry is the first of its kind. It relies on breast cancer survivors who are willing to share their experiences with the disease with researchers, who will use the information to better understand how to support patients during the treatment process.
The registry will be known as the Breast Cancer M.A.P. (Mind Affects the Physical) Project, and it is seeking to recruit more than 1,000 breast cancer survivors to provide them with insight into what their emotional and social needs were once they were diagnosed.
The registry will share the information that is collected in their studies with the breast cancer community and will also produce an index every year.
"Research shows that the right emotional support can have a significant impact on quality of life for breast cancer survivors, and often reduce troublesome symptoms and improve health," said Barbara L. Andersen, Ph.D., professor, department of psychology, Ohio State University.