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Computer Imaging to Diminish Alopecia Distress

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
65336
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
CA099873
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Computer Imaging to Diminish Alopecia Distress
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44CA099873-02
Award Amount: $750,198.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of the research proposed herein is to develop a low-cost, user-friendly, computer-based imaging system for use by women to reduce anxiety and distress relating to alopecia (hair loss) prior to or following chemotherapy. It has been reported that 47 percent to 58 percent of women with cancer cite the likelihood of alopecia as the most disturbing anticipated aspect of receiving chemotherapy; 8 percent stated that they seriously considered refusing treatment due to this possibility. Utilizing advanced graphical processing techniques, the proposed "Help for Alopecia through Image Representations" (HAIR) system will permit cancer patients of all races and ethnicities to interactively visualize, using their own image, the process of hair loss, accessorization options (e.g., wigs, head scarves, hats, etc.), and the corresponding stages of hair regrowth. "Scripting" (i.e., rehearsing) the side effects of chemotherapy and potential patient responses will significantly reduce the anxiety caused by the prospect of alopecia. This will serve to desensitize women to alopecia, allow them to make better informed treatment decisions, and facilitate coping when it occurs.

Principal Investigator:

B. E. Parker
4349731215
PARKER@BARRON-ASSOCIATES.COM

Business Contact:

David Ward
4349731215
BARRON@BARRON-ASSOCIATES.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

BARRON ASSOCIATES, INC.
BARRON ASSOCIATES, INC. 1410 Sachem Place CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No