Can a peer support program for cancer gene mutation carriers reduce distress? A randomised controlled trial

Start Year: 2008
Finish Year: 2012
Chief Investigator: Dr Victoria White
Grant Type: Project Grants
Institution: Cancer Council Victoria

Alternative Title: Does peer support reduce distress among cancer gene mutation carriers?

Women with BRCA1/2 gene mutations have a very high lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Women with these mutations must make complex decisions regarding risk management options and learn how to cope with familial issues.

Research has found a need for peer support among this group. Dr Victoria White assessed a telephone-based peer support programme to help reduce psychological distress among women with BRCA1/2 mutations.