Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Project CARE FAQ

What will I do in the Project CARE program?

Our program offers women the opportunity to come together with other black breast cancer survivors and a professional group leader to discuss aspects of well-being after cancer. There are ten group sessions that last 90 minutes. The atmosphere is empowering and supportive, and we serve food and reimburse participants for parking, transportation and child care (up to $20).

Because we need to know whether our program is effective, we conduct some private interviews with each participant before and after the groups. These interviews are conducted at a location of your choice. Most women choose for us to come to their homes. There will be a total of three visits — one before the group begins, one after the group ends, and one 6 months later.

Visits will consist of in-depth personal interviews about your history, your moods, and your opinions on specific topics. So that we may better assess the functioning of your body in relation to stress, you will be asked to collect your own saliva over the course of 1 day. We will also measure your heart rate while you sit comfortably.

Is there any medication being administered in this program?

No. This program does not involve the trial of any drugs or medications.

Will my privacy be protected?

Yes! We won’t release your name or information. Participation is voluntary; you can withdraw from the program at any time.

What if I finished my treatment (surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy) more than 12 months ago?

This program was designed specifically for black women who are within 12 months of completion of surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy for breast cancer. We are not currently enrolling women who completed treatment more than 12 months prior to the start of a new group session.

Will I be compensated if I join the Project CARE program?

Yes, you will be compensated for your time and effort for a total of up to $500. The program will pay you $300 for completing all home visits and providing proper sampling of your saliva and heart rate measurements. In addition, you will be reimbursed up to $20 for travel and child care expenses for each group session you attend. Participants also receive small tokens of our appreciation and our printed stress management and education materials free of charge.

How do I get more information about Project CARE?

If you are interested in participating or would like further information about the study, please call the Project CARE office at 305-243-2440 or email at projectcaremiami@med.miami.edu.

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