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The University of Arizona (UA) College of Nursing recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help those undergoing cancer treatment from being patients to survivors.

UA Nursing professor Terry Badger tells, “Oftentimes when people are ending chemotherapy or the active phase of their treatment, it’s kind of a stressful time because you’ve been so involved in working to get the cancer cured, and now you’re transitioning into the survivorship period.”

The grant will go toward studying the effectiveness of two interventions for patients who have completed their cancer treatment. The interventions include a symptom management and survivorship handbook, and telephone interpersonal counseling. The methods will be available in English and Spanish to make access as easy as possible.

Both interventions were developed to be delivered over the phone so that patients don’t have to worry about coming in, making the information more accessible and less costly to obtain. Cancer patients who are completing treatment often face psychological and emotional distress and fatigue. Adopting healthy lifestyles to manage stress can reduce the risk of cancer returning.

To learn more about the University of Arizona’s $2.5 million grant to help cancer survivors cope with the stress of ending their treatment, visit here.

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