Melanoma Survivors: Health Behaviors, Surveillance, Psychosocial Factors, and Family Concerns
The rapidly rising incidence and mortality rates of melanoma, the most fatal form of skin
cancer, are among the greatest increases of all preventable cancers over the past decade.
However, because of recent advances in early detection, secondary prevention efforts, and
treatment, the number of melanoma survivors is increasing. Little research has been
conducted on melanoma survivors and important opportunities exist for research in this
understudied population. Understanding recurrence and second primary cancer risk, cognitive
characteristics, behaviors, surveillance patterns, economic sequelae, and family issues of
melanoma survivors is imperative from a public health standpoint to promote the health and
well-being of this cohort. The objectives of this study are to: 1) conduct focus groups to
enhance our understanding of the behaviors of melanoma survivors, and 2) conduct a pilot
survey study based on the results of the focus groups to further describe the behavioral and
psychosocial issues in melanoma survivors. This will be among the first studies that
explores behavioral and psychosocial issues in melanoma survivors. The study findings will
inform a large-scale melanoma survivorship grant proposal to the National Cancer Institute
or other federal/private sources of funding.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Retrospective
This pilot study will provide baseline data to enhance our understanding of the behaviors of melanoma survivors.
Susan Oliveria, ScD, MPH
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
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