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Viewing Cancer Survivor Stories Study

Viewing Cancer Survivor Stories:

Changes in Emotional Distress and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Patterns

The purpose of this project is to determine how cancer patients emotionally respond to hearing other survivor’s stories. It is common for cancer patients to experience emotional distress during treatment and through survivorship. In addition, some racial and ethnic groups, Latino Americans, African Americans, or Korean Americans, may experience even more emotional distress due to multiple factors. The goal of this project is to understand how cancer patients emotionally respond to cancer survivor’s stories and if certain elements of the story are able to produce different effects such as increased resilience or emotional acceptance.

The project focuses on adults (21 or older) who:

  • Are currently cancer patients undergoing treatment (or within 6 months of completion of treatment)
  • Any stage/any cancer type
  • Able to speak, read, and write English, or, if Korean, speak, read, and write Korean

Eligibility Process: The first step in seeing if interested patients are eligible is to participate in a 3-minute phone screening. One of the research team members will ask a series of questions to determine if the caller meets study criteria. If the participant is eligible, they will be asked to come to the research team office at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus at a time that is convenient for them. Before participating in the study, we will ask that a consent form is signed and further instruction on the study will be given.

Additional Study Information:

  • This study will be held at ASU Phoenix downtown campus (500 N. 3rd. St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Health South Building)
  • Participants will be watching other cancer patient’s stories for 10-15 minutes in the lab.
  • Participating patients will be asked to participate in health assessments before and after watching stories. A month after completion, a phone call will be placed to the participant to conduct a questionnaire
  • Participants will receive $20 compensation for their time
  • Optional: After the study, participants would have the ability to share their own story which has its own consent and image release. The stories would be used for research that focused on the effects of stories on emotional well-being among cancer patients in a future study
  • Benefits: Participants may experience improved emotional health, sleep quality, and resilience. 

Questions? Contact us at 602-496-6789 or storyandemotion@gmail.com.