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The Emotional Side of Breast Cancer: Let’s Talk, in English or Spanish!

If you have been feeling sad or depressed because of your breast cancer diagnosis, you are not alone. It’s not uncommon for breast cancer patients to struggle with depression. Many women and men also find that their depression worsens over the course of treatment, persists long after therapy, or comes back if they have a cancer recurrence.

What’s the best way to treat depression? No one knows for sure. That’s why a researcher at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University is conducting a study that will evaluate three different types of talk therapy used to treat depression.

If you were diagnosed with breast cancer more than 6 months ago and have been feeling down, sad, or depressed, these researchers want to try to help you! If you live in or near or are willing to travel to New York City, please read on to learn more. The therapy sessions will be offered in English OR Spanish!

If you aren’t able to participate in this study, you can still do YOUR part: forward the Call to Action to someone you know who might be interested. As a member of the Army of Women you have an important opportunity to accelerate breast cancer research by forwarding our e-blast and helping to fill this research study.

What’s the study about?

The purpose of this study is to see which type of talk therapy is the most effective treatment for depression in women and men who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. It is open to women and men who were diagnosed with Stage I-IV breast cancer more than six months ago.

What’s involved?

If you sign up for the Interpersonal Therapy for Depression in Breast Cancer Study, you will be contacted by the research team to answer questions about your breast cancer diagnosis, medical history, and depression. If you appear to be eligible, you will be asked to go to the New York State Psychiatric Institute for screening and evaluations to verify your eligibility for the study. If you are eligible, and you decide to join the study, you will be assigned randomly (like flipping a coin) to one of three talk therapy treatments: Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, or Brief Supportive Psychotherapy. All sessions are provided at no cost to you.

Study procedures:

• Participate in twelve 50-minute one-on-one sessions with a study therapist over 16 weeks.

• Meet with an independent evaluator—someone other than your therapist who will evaluate your progress—once a month during the study.

• Meet with an independent evaluator—someone other than your therapist—who will ask you questions about your mood and your daily functioning. These meetings will take place before you begin treatment, 4 and 8 weeks after you begin treatment, and at the end of treatment.

• Participate in evaluations and assessments 2 and 4 months after the end of treatment.

Who is conducting the study?

Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University

Where?

New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York

Who can participate?

You can join the Interpersonal Therapy for Depression in Breast Cancer Study if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:

• You are a woman or man, 18 years of age or older

• You have been diagnosed with Stage I, II, III, or IV breast cancer

• You were diagnosed with breast cancer more than 6 months ago

• You are able to speak English OR Spanish

• You have been feeling down, sad, or depressed

• You do not have a history of psychosis or bipolar disorder

• You live near or are willing to travel (at your own expense) to the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, NY

Please note that these are only the MAIN eligibility criteria and you will need to participate in a preliminary screening with the research team to determine if you are eligible for the study. After you RSVP, the research staff will contact you to ask additional questions to be sure that this study is the right fit for you.

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