SURVIVE Study (H-42833)
SURVIVE: Optimizing Survivorship Care Among Underserved Women With Endometrial Cancer
The incidence of endometrial cancer is rising due to an aging population and increased risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes and a lower age of parity. Thanks to early detection and more aggressive treatments, there are an estimated 710,228 women in the U.S. who are endometrial cancer survivors. Most are diagnosed with early stage endometrial cancer; however, many die prematurely due to the comorbidities associated with obesity. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among endometrial cancer survivors, highlighting the need for high-quality survivorship care and surveillance in this population.
Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) are not routinely implemented in endometrial cancer, despite the fact that endometrial cancer survivors who receive written information are more satisfied with the information that they receive from healthcare. Moreover, little is known about barriers to implementation of and adherence to SCPs in this population.
Objectives of this study are to:
- Conduct semi-structured interviews with endometrial cancer survivors to identify facilitators and challenges to surveillance and follow-up care that could inform the content and delivery of appropriate and useful survivorship care plans
- Use this information to develop a Survivorship Care Plan for racial/ethnic minority and underserved endometrial cancer survivors
- Use focus groups to obtain survivor and healthcare provider feedback on the relevance and appropriateness of the survivorship care plan that we have developed relative to existing survivorship care plans
This project is supported by Duncan Scholar Funds.