Dr. Elizabeth Gage-Bouchard, assistant professor of community health and health behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo was awarded a grant from St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research grant for $40,937. St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.
While great advances have been made in childhood cancer treatment, all children do not benefit equally from these innovations. Dr. Gage-Bouchard is examining the factors that shape families’ abilities to comply with treatment protocols – a critical first step in developing interventions to increase treatment adherence among children diagnosed with cancer. Enhancing the abilities of childhood cancer families to adhere to treatment protocols is of critical importance to ensure that all children benefit from innovations in care.
“The funding provided by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support this research will make a critical contribution to understanding families’ experiences managing the demanding treatment protocols for pediatric cancer,” said Dr. Gage-Bouchard. “Findings from this study will help us tailor programs that help families manage the intensive demands of cancer treatment.”