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New study: UK seeking breast cancer survivors

A diagnosis of breast cancer can turn a woman's life upside down.

As Amber Philpott reports, a new study being conducted by the University of Kentucky that wants to know how women deal with the diagnosis as well as outside life issues.

Every woman diagnosed with breast cancer has a different story to tell and Robin Vanderpool wants to hear it.

"We are hearing that women just like to talk, they just want someone to listen to their story about breast cancer," said Robin Vanderpool.

Vanderpool, a researcher who studies cancer prevention and control for the University of Kentucky is seeking women for a new breast cancer study.

Participants must 18 to 65 years old, been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last three years and work hourly wage jobs making $15 or less.

"We have them talk about what its like to be working while they are diagnosed with breast cancer. How do they manage telling their supervisor? How do they manage telling their co-workers and how do they manage their treatment appointments?"

The study focuses on finding out how a woman's employment situation either helps or hinders her treatment process.

The women are interviewed over the phone for about an hour and compensated for their time.

The pilot study is an effort to get funding for a larger one.

"One of the biggest themes we are hearing is that if they have a supportive employer, supervisor, co-worker or family its less stress on them."

In the end the goal for this research is to help educate both employers and employees how they can work together through a cancer diagnosis.

The study is seeking women from all areas of Kentucky.

To learn more about this study you can contact UK Clinical Research at (859)-323-0586

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