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Women Needed for Stress Reduction Study

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  • Started 4 years ago by HealthSMART
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  1. HealthSMART

    HealthSMART
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    Are you stressed? - A study is being conducted by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to see how stress-reduction workshops can help women with a family history of breast cancer manage their everyday stresses and cancer-risk concerns. The goal of the study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, is to see whether various stress-management and coping techniques improve immune function.
    Specifically, the study will teach women scientifically proven stress-management techniques. All workshops are conducted in a supportive group setting with other women who have a family history of breast cancer. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires, give blood and saliva samples, and receive two Hepatitis A vaccinations. Some risks involved in participating in the study include the possibility of discomfort and a bruise at the blood draw site, the possibility of distress from discussing your breast cancer risk in a group setting, brief pain at Hepatitis A vaccination injection site and, in rare cases, an allergic reaction to the vaccine. There is no charge to participate.

    All participants will receive a set of CDs with relaxation exercises, a tote bag and a workbook filled with stress-management techniques taught in the classes.
    The study aims to recruit 96 Seattle-area women with any family history of breast cancer, age 18 to 60.

    All study activities will take place on the Hutchinson Center campus in the Prevention Center, which is located in the Robert Arnold Building, 1212 Aloha St, Seattle.

    Our website is: http://www.fhcrc.org/science/phs/health_smart/

    Or for more information about the Health SMART Study, please call the study information line at (206) 667-2448 or e-mail healthsmart@fhcrc.org

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    OneGuy
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    Why are two hepatitis vaccinations required for a study of stress relaxation exercises?

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    anotherneighbor
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    I did this study about a year ago - thank you Health Smart, I'm still using the stress-management techniques you taught me!

    @OneGuy - you would want to talk to them to get the most precise reply, but the vaccines are used to measure how the body responds to stress. The theory is people who are stressed will process the vaccine differently than people who are not so stressed.

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  4. HealthSMART

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    That is a great question! One of the main goals of the study is to find out whether these stress management exercises help improve immune function. The study uses Hep A vaccinations to study how participants' immune systems are functioning.

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