Current Sylvester Survivorship Research Studies
- Type of Study: Behavioral Intervention, Supportive
- Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Antoni
- Study Population: Breast Cancer
- Study Description: This research study examines the effect of a home-based group stress management program to improve responses to the flu vaccine and general quality of life in older women (50 years and older) having breast cancer treatment. The program uses technology to bring together a stress management group every week for 10 weeks. This study is testing whether having the stress management program before the vaccine has different effects on immune system functioning and quality of life than having it after the vaccine.
- For more information on VSMART please see the study information brochure or if you would like to participate please contact:
- Type of Study: Behavioral Intervention; Supportive
- Principal Investigator: Dr. Frank J. Penedo & Dr. Michael Antoni
- Study Population: Prostate Cancer
- Study Description: The Encuentros study evaluates different methods and strategies to improve quality of life and reduce the symptoms associated with prostate cancer in Hispanic men. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, this program is looking at the effects of a 10-week stress management program after completing prostate cancer treatment.
- Supplement Study Descriptions: Mi Salud Dia a Dia Study
Description: This study uses “real time” assessments of social connectivity, positive/negative mood, stress management skills and physiological arousal through mobile Health technologies on prostate cancer patients who are participants of the Encuentros Study. The study also looks at the experience of both Encuentros participants and their spouses/partners.
- For more information on the Encuentos and Mi Salud Dia a Dia Studies. Please see the attached informational brochure if you would like to participate please contact:
- Type of Study: Supportive
- Principal Investigators: Dr. Natasha Schaefer Solle and Dr. Frank Penedo
- Study Population: Firefighters
- Study Description: Investigators are developing cancer survivorship education modules, including videos, for cancer survivors.
The goals of the FAMILY lab are to examine the psychosocial, physical, and spiritual impact of cancer on the family and develop programs and services to assist families in meeting their needs.
- Investigate psychosocial and biobehavioral mechanisms of impact of cancer linking to the health of the patients and their family members/caregivers.
- Promote healthy lifestyle behaviors among cancer survivors and their family and friends
Visit the Family Lab Website
Biobehavioral Pathways and Sociocultural Moderators in Quality of Life of Family Cancer Caregivers
International Cancer Survivorship Research
Electronic Health Record Integrated Symptom Screening and Monitoring to Optimize Patient Care
The UHealth PRO Initiative is designed to provide personalized care by informing and optimizing patient clinic visits. With advances in assessment science and information technology, we now have the capacity to assess common oncology related symptoms (e.g. distress, pain, fatigue) and practical needs utilizing brief and well-validated questionnaires through MyChart. Questionnaires can be completed prior or during a clinic visit. This program is currently being pilot tested prior to system wide implementation. The system provides “real time” scores to providers on patient reported outcomes (PROs) of relevance to patient care and can be customized to specific disease sites, treatments or programs such as Phase I trials. UHealth PRO is yet another example of Sylvester’s commitment to personalized, state of the art care.
- UHealth PRO will systematically assess PROs for all ambulatory oncology patients across our clinics for symptoms of anxiety, depression, pain interference, fatigue, and poor physical function.
- Additionally, participants will complete checklists regarding practical (e.g., transportation, child care) and nutritional needs to facilitate access to care.
- The questionnaires are brief and are completed within MyChart prior to a doctor’s appointment or during the clinic visit.
- Patients scoring above clinically validated thresholds are triaged to Social Work Services (for depression and/or anxiety) or their medical treatment teams (for pain, fatigue and/or poor physical function). Practical needs alerts such as assistance with transportation, childcare or education regarding their cancer, for example, are triaged to Social Work Services.
- Further, a very brief assessment of nutritional concerns helps identify patients at need of Nutrition Services.
One of the many advantages of this program is that in addition to providing personalized care, it creates opportunities for translational and cancer care delivery research within Sylvester.
If you would like more information on the UHealth PRO initiative, please refer to informational pamphlet or contact:
By email: UHealthPRO@miami.edu
By phone: 305-243-3329