Date published: 6/23/2016

Professor Stanton's research was featured on Instagram by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) on June 5, 2016.

Professor Annette Stanton’s research was featured on Instagram by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) on Sunday, June 5, for National Cancer Survivors Day.

 

"Whenever I can, I take the opportunity to speak about BCRF-supported research (both mine and others) on breast cancer survivorship. I fondly recall the Reach to Recovery International meeting in Brisbane, Australia where I spoke with oncologists, survivors, and researchers about our research on what helps and hinders women during their experience of breast cancer. When it comes to coping with cancer, our research suggests that one size does not fit all. Our and others' research demonstrates that neither the previously held assumption of psychological devastation nor the recent focus on constant resilience is an accurate portrayal of the experience. Rather, women evidence distinct trajectories of adjustment. Although no "prescription" exists for how to live well during and after breast cancer, we've discovered some approaches that many women find helpful. It's times like these speaking opportunities where the research I perform in the lab comes full circle – seeing how our results can have a direct impact to improve the lives of those with breast cancer and their families." – Dr. Annette Stanton #NCSD2016 #BCRFInsideTheLab #BeTheEnd #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay

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"Collaboration is a key part of my role as a researcher. Not only do I work with researchers in my lab at @ucla, but I continually consult with other leading minds around the globe. I believe this is the only way we can truly make a difference in the lives of those impacted by breast cancer. In 2014, I was humbled and honored to receive an award for my work promoting international research collaborations from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. A current international collaborator of mine is Dr. Keith Petrie, who is on the faculty of the @universityofauckland Medical and Health Sciences in New Zealand. In research generously supported by the BCRF, we are identifying factors that help and hinder women who are taking endocrine therapy as prescribed for their hormone-positive breast cancer." – Dr. Annette Stanton #NCSD2016 #BCRFInsideTheLab #BeTheEnd #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay

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"A woman taking part in our randomized controlled trial of Project Connect Online created this website to chronicle her experience and stay connected with friends and loved ones. Funded in part by the #BCRF, the randomized trial showed that women who created websites through Project Connect Online, and especially women currently in breast cancer treatment and living with metastatic disease, benefitted on several outcomes, including positive mood, social support from friends, and depressive symptoms. Supported by the BCRF, we are conducting a new Project Connect Online trial; all of the women taking part are living with metastatic breast cancer." – Dr. Annette Stanton #NCSD2016 #BCRFInsideTheLab #BeTheEnd #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay

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"One of my joys is mentoring superb @ucla Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars, who themselves go on to careers in survivorship research and service. This newly minted graduate, Dr. Elizabeth Cleary, completed her Ph.D. with me in 2009. While a graduate student, Dr. Cleary worked with me to conduct BCRF-funded research that tested the efficacy of Project Connect Online, an internet-based program to aid women diagnosed with breast cancer to chronicle their experiences and communicate with friends and loved ones. Dr. Cleary now provides clinical training to Ph.D. students at our UCLA Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology, a free support service for people and their loved ones who confront cancer diagnosis. I'm happy to say our research collaboration continues." – Dr. Annette Stanton #NCSD2016 #BCRFInsideTheLab #BeTheEnd #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay

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Hello BCRF followers! I'm Dr. Annette Stanton, a BCRF researcher and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at @ucla. On #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay, I'm honored to share my experience as a researcher who specializes in breast cancer survivorship. Some women and men wear the "survivor" description with pride, but not everyone likes the term. In talking with people diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones, I listen carefully for their preferred description of themselves. You might be surprised by the @ncivisualsonline definition of a survivor: "An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition." In my line of work, the word "survivor" doesn't just apply to those who have successfully completed treatment, but to everyone who has been impacted by this disease. It's this belief that has guided my BCRF-supported research. Currently, one of my projects focuses on helping breast cancer patients adhere to anti-estrogen therapies and the other on working to understand and improve the quality of life for those living with metastatic disease. #NCSD2016 #BCRFInsideTheLab #BeTheEnd #BCRF

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