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Breast cancer survivors and previvors wanted for participation in a community research group

Dr. Kendra Smith, faculty member of the Department of Counseling, is exploring the need for a study into the experiences of women in the deaf community who have (or had) breast cancer.  Many of us are impacted by breast cancer, but we often only talk about it within our circle of family and friends.  Could sharing our collective experiences and knowledge benefit us more, and could it benefit women who are diagnosed in the future?  To explore this topic, Dr. Smith is hosting a community meeting on Saturday, February 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Some of the questions we might consider are:

  • Do women get appropriate information about diagnosis and treatment options?
  • Do they feel emotionally supported within the Deaf Community? The medical community?
  • What issues do they face as a survivor (or previvor)?
  • Do they have concerns about body image and “sex appeal” after surgery?
  • What new knowledge could benefit women who are diagnosed and treated in the future? 

If you are a member of the deaf community (i.e., deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, hearing) and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or have had a prophylactic mastectomy due to genetic markers (e.g., BRCA1 or BRCA 2), please consider coming to the meeting.  Your input is valuable.

Location:  Gallaudet University Department of Counseling, Fowler Hall 101a. 


The meeting will be conducted in American Sign Language without voice interpretation.  If you want close vision or tactile interpreting, please let me know by February 1.

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