Professor Terry Badger Awarded V Foundation Grant to Improve Quality of Life for Latinas with Breast Cancer

Jun 1, 2015

Dr. Terry Badger, professor and director of the community and systems health science division at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has been awarded a grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research to help improve quality of life (QOL) for Latinas with breast cancer who live in rural areas.

With the support of this one-year, $65,000 grant beginning July 1, Dr. Badger will advance her project “Health Education and Counseling to Improve QOL for Latinas with Breast Cancer.” This project will complement her current American Cancer Society-supported study evaluating telephone-delivered counseling for Latinas with breast cancer and their supportive partners.

“Latinas are a growing and particularly vulnerable population with regard to breast cancer, because they tend to be diagnosed at later stages, to be sicker, and in particular, have fewer easily accessible resources to deal with their psychological distress,” said Dr. Badger. “Untreated distress is associated with poorer health outcomes, so we designed a study to offer support that could easily be accessed by these patients.”

Dr. Badger is a member of the UA Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program and the UA Health Sciences Health Disparities Advisory Council.

The mission of  The V Foundation  is to save lives by finding cures for cancer. Since 1994 when the first grant was awarded, The V Foundation has funded hundreds of grants to the brightest scientists as they pioneer techniques to make breakthroughs in cancer research. Grants are selected by a Scientific Advisory Committee through a highly competitive process; only cancer research projects with the most potential are funded.

Dr. Badger’s research is supported by V Foundation Grant ID: D2015-009.

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Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu.