Examining Narratives of Racial/Ethnic Minority Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
Marlene Camacho-Rivera (CCNY) and Smita Banerjee (MSKCC)
While past research has examined the utility of cancer survivors’ stories in encouraging preventive behaviors among the general population, and for helping individuals diagnosed with cancer cope with treatment anxiety and decision making, no study has yet examined the utility of cancer survivor stories in helping survivors transition into survivorship, particularly in racial/ethnic minority cancer survivors. The rationale for this research is that by gaining a better understanding of challenges faced by racial/ethnic minority HNC survivors, this exploratory research will lead to the development of a narrative video pilot study of SA/AA HNC survivors and will include messages around SLT and tobacco use, as well as possibly coping mechanisms and behaviors to help with transitioning into survivorship. Our Specific Aims are: 1. To elicit personal experiences with SLT and smoked tobacco use and identify themes around survivorship among 12 African American and 12 South Asian HNC survivors through in-depth narrative interviews. 2. To utilize data collected via in-depth interviews as preliminary data in the submission of an R03 grant to be able to inform the development of a video narrative pilot study of SA/AA HNC survivors. 3. To publish two manuscripts around survivorship issues identified by SA/AA HNC survivors, one with an explicit focus on the SLT and/or tobacco related behaviors.