Family Functioning Research Program (FFRP)

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Enhancing Connections

Helping the Mother with Breast Cancer Support Her Children

Nurses at the University of Washington School of Nursing are studying the effectiveness of an educational program for mothers with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer and who have an 8-12 year old child. This program is available at no charge.

The Enhancing Connections Program includes a Program A or B

Program A:

  • Specially developed educational material mailed to the woman's home along with an educational phone call from a specially trained patient educator.

Program B:

  • Five educational sessions in the woman's home by a specially trained patient educator.

Women who agree to participate in the study will be randomly assigned to one of these two programs (like flipping a coin). Both programs offer an opportunity to learn new ways for mothers to assist their school age child with the breast cancer.

Women are eligible to participate if they:

  • Have a first time diagnosis of breast cancer (Stage 0, I, II, or III)
  • Were diagnosed in the past 6 months
  • Are married or in a stable, partnered relationship
  • Live in the Puget Sound Area
  • Have an 8-12 year old child who is aware of the diagnosis
  • Can speak and read English

For more information about this program, please call:

Mary Ellen Shands, RN, MN at 206 685-0837 or email ffrp@u.washington.edu.

(Please remember that we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information sent by e-mail.)