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Breast Cancer Impairments Knowledge Study (BRIKS)

Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT, Northwestern University

The purpose of this study is to learn more about what breast cancer survivors age 65 and older know about the physical and functional impairments related to their breast cancer and its treatment. It will also help the research team understand what can be done to help people recover from breast cancer. This study is seeking 50 breast cancer survivors and 50 healthcare providers for a one-time, one-hour phone interview.

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Who can participate?
You can join Breast Cancer Impairments Knowledge Study (BRIKS) if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:
  • You were diagnosed with stage 0 (DCIS) – stage IV breast cancer within the last 3 years.
  • You have completed radiation and chemotherapy, if applicable. Current hormone therapy is allowed.
  • You do not have a history of stroke, brain injuries, shoulder issues, or arthritis.
  • You are a woman age 65 or older.
  • You have access to a telephone.
  • You are able to read and speak English or Spanish.
  • You live in the United States.
  • At least one member of your healthcare team is willing to participate in this study.
After you RSVP and if you are eligible, the research team will follow up with you for next steps in the study.
What does participation involve?

If you agree to be in this study, a member of the research team will ask you for the contact information for at least one of your healthcare providers, such as your chemotherapy doctor, cancer surgeon, radiation doctor, nurse practitioner specializing in cancer, or primary care provider. If the research team cannot get one of your healthcare providers to participate in this study, you will not be able to participate.

If one of your healthcare providers agrees to take part, you will participate in a one-hour phone interview with a member of the research team. During the interview, you will be asked about your knowledge of physical and functional issues after breast cancer, your confidence in managing these issues, and your medical history—including all the different ways your cancer was treated. The research team member will also ask you about your work, marital, and health insurance status. 

Anywhere in the U.S.