Cancer Survivorship

Over 173 million cancer survivors live in the US, and numbers are growing as treatments improve and the population ages. This important group has experienced a life-threatening illness and often undergone arduous treatments. Our work focuses on the other side of cancer—how people make meaning of their experiences of cancer and how those experiences have changed them and continue to influence them. We are currently funded by NCI to conduct a longitudinal study of cancer survivor resilience trajectories in multiple domains across the transition from active treatment to survivorship.


Selected Publications:

Carney, L. M., & Park, C. L. (2018). Cancer survivors’ understanding of the cause and cure of their illness: Religious and secular appraisals. Psycho-Oncology, 27, 1553-1558.

Cho, D., & Park, C. L. (2018). Barriers to physical activity and healthy diet among breast cancer survivors: A multilevel perspective. European Journal of Cancer Care, 27, e12772.

Sinnott, S., & Park, C. L. (2019). Social wellbeing in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 8, 32-39.

Park, C. L., Dibble, K. E., Sinnott, S., Sanft, T., &. Bellizzi, K. M. (2020). Resilience trajectories of cancer survivors: A meaning-making perspective. In B. Altmaier (Ed.), Navigating life transitions for meaning (pp. 129-145). New York, NY: Elsevier.

Our current NIH/NCI-funded study recruits patients at Smilow Cancer Center.