To survivors, their friends, family, and medical professionals who have been following the research study, Body Image and Sexual Functioning in Breast Cancer Survivors:
Let me start off by saying thank you so much for your interest and support for this research! Over the past few months, we had nearly 300 breast cancer survivors nationwide participate in the study and have concluded data collection for this study. Therefore the link to the confidential online survey is now closed.
We have already started to analyze the data and plan to work on this over the next few weeks. Once completed, I will write up the research findings and present the study findings to my committee. After that, I will spend several weeks writing up the study results and submitting it for publication.
Throughout this process I will be posting messages on the study facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/bodyimageandsexfunctioninBCS?sk=info,
to keep everyone up to date on our progress. Our facebook page will also include a summary of the research findings, provide links to any publications produced with this data and discuss our plans going forward to develop an effective intervention to treat body image concerns and sexual problems in breast cancer survivors. I think it’s incredibly important to let women know that their time and participation in the study led to new information that will be used to inform healthcare professionals about sexual problems and body image concerns in breast cancer survivors as well as facilitate the development of new and effective treatment interventions to improve the quality of life for women and their loved ones.
I also wanted to mention that we will be randomly drawing the names of 15 women who provided their information to be entered into a drawing for 1 of 15 $25 Walmart gift cards. The fifteen winners of the draw will be notified, and a $25 gift card will be mailed to them at their stated residence.
Finally, I wanted to say thank you to the many support groups, breast cancer websites, bloggers, cancer centers and medical professionals who took time out of their busy day to share information about the study with interested participants. We couldn’t have done this without you.
If you have any additional questions or feedback about the study, please don't hesitate to contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Again, I cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm and support!
Lindsey Rosman, B.A.
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University