A cancer diagnosis can prompt patients and survivors to make changes in their life, including what, when and how they eat. Specifically, young adults (YA) diagnosed with cancer may be increasingly conscious of the type and amount of food they are consuming and may choose to make changes to their diet. YAs with cancer often turn to online resources for support and advice, which can include seeking out information on nutrition. Unfortunately, not every resource online is reputable and this could lead YAs who are seeking advice online down an unhealthy and maladaptive path. This research is examining the factors associated with eating behaviours and attitudes of YAs with cancer.
We are looking to recruit 200 participants who have been diagnosed with YA cancer.
You may be eligible to participate if you meet the following criteria:
- You have been diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15-39
- You are currently between the ages of 19-39
Participation in this study will involve filling out an anonymous and voluntary survey which would take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You will be asked to provide information regarding your age, sex, gender, financial status, ethnic/racial heritage, and academic/employment status. You will also be asked questions about your cancer diagnosis, treatment, fears of recurrence, and about your eating habits, body-image, ability to manage uncertainty, and self-health.
If you are interested in this study, or unsure of whether you are eligible, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you decide whether participation is right for you.
Meghan Waterman, BA Hons Student
(Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, MUN)
Sheila N. Garland, PhD
(Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Division of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, MUN)