Bend Without Breaking: Tools for Coping with Cancer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43CA112738-01A2
Agency Tracking Number: CA112738
Amount: $122,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2006-2
Small Business Information
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (202) 265-0033
Business Contact
Phone: (202) 265-0033
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many cancer patients experience significant emotional distress including anxiety and depression. Multimedia and web programs focus on reducing depression and anxiety are available for the general public. However, there are no such multimedia programs specifically for cancer patients. HealthMark Multimedia, LLC, will develop a prototype multimedia program for cancer patients to assist them in preventing or working through the anxiety inherent in the cancer experience and in minimizing the depression burden. We intend for Bend Without Breaking Phase I an interactive introduction will use the distress thermometer to help patients determine if they need counseling help and direct them to a set of 3 interactive tools that will include educational information. The prototype will be tested with cancer patients to determine feasibility of this approach in assisting cancer patients to address their cancer-related depression and anxiety. In Phase II we will produce the full CD-ROM Bend Without Breaking cancer patients in prevention and self-management of anxiety and depression during their cancer journey. We will determine the effectiveness of the CD-ROM as used by cancer patients by measuring changes in anxiety and depression burden, and increasing perceived quality of life during their specific stage of the cancer experience. Although, up to 50% of cancer patients experience psychosocial distress, online programs that address this product have not been created. Bend without Breaking: Tools for Coping with Cancer will combine the interventional aspects of computer-based treatments for depression and anxiety with a focus on the cancer experience.

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