Cancer Communication

Project Name

Cancer Communication

Funding Agency

National Cancer Institute

Funding Period

April 2013 - March 2018

Research Partners

Virginia Commonwealth University, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Main question this project tries to answer

How does a family’s communication and decisions around cancer treatment affect their long-term socioeconomic outcomes?


How a patient’s family discusses serious illnesses like cancer can have a profound impact on patients’ marriages, socialization, and how they adjust to being ill. Considering cancers like hematological cancers which are treatable but not necessarily curable, which affect many young people, it’s important to understand how intra-family communication affects those outcomes.

Methods used

Longitudinal interviews

Contact person and email

Sydney Rose,