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Technology-Based Communication After a Cancer Diagnosis

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Katie Darabos, MS, PhD candidate, and Jennifer S. Ford, PhD, Hunter College, City University of New York

Young adult breast cancer patients and survivors may experience unique psychosocial or physical health problems. Traditionally, support services have been provided face-to-face. But young adults may prefer to receive support that is tech-based. The purpose of this study is to learn how technology-based communication can be used to support young adult cancer patients and survivors.

What does participation involve?

If you agree to be in this study, you will receive a link to an online survey that includes questions about your medical history, technology use, support system, and lifestyle. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete. It does not have to be completed in one sitting. Your answers will be confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.

At the end of the questionnaire, you may participate in an optional communication task with a self-selected member of your social support network. This communication task will take place over Skype and include a face-to-face or text message conversation (10 minutes), a brief interview (10 minutes), questionnaires (30 minutes), and three saliva samples to measure stress (6 minutes).

Anywhere in the U.S.