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Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic Join Forces to Help Breast Cancer Survivors Find Their Way Back to Wellness

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March 03, 2016

Researchers at Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic in Arizona have launched a study that will explore ways of improving the fatigue factor that many breast cancer survivors experience after fighting and surviving breast cancer.  
The Recovery and Rejuvenation Study may help participants raise energy levels, along with improving mental clarity, overall well-being and finding group support from other breast cancer survivors.  The study will examine three different options designed to help survivors recover from long-term symptoms associated with typical breast cancer treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.   
One of the study’s lead investigators, says the research will focus on helping those who continue to deal with the after-effects of fighting breast cancer. “We find that so many breast cancer survivors continue to feel fatigued, depressed, and struggle with sleep and anxiety, even when way past the term of their treatment,” says Linda K. Larkey, a professor with ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.  “We are testing different ways—some movement-based, some social and educational-- that show promise for alleviating these persistent symptoms.”
The study is looking for women who have been diagnosed with stage zero to stage three breast cancer and who are six months to five years past primary treatment.  Enrollees must also be between the ages of 45 to 75 years old.
Phoenix’s Maricopa Integrated Health System will also be involved in the study which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health.  
To enroll in this study, eligible participants are asked to contact Elizabeth Rainy at or phone (602) 496-2329.   Please mention “Recovery & Rejuvenation” and your name and telephone number if leaving a message.  Interested individuals will be asked to take part in a pre-eligibility screen to see if they qualify to continue forward with enrollment.  
Since 2002, Mayo and ASU have worked together on a variety of successful efforts, including a joint nursing education program, joint faculty appointments and numerous collaborative research project, along with curriculum development for the Mayo Medical School.

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