I am excited to say that our work exploring the social stigma and discriminations associated with cancer in the Newfoundland and Labrador population has been published!
This is a study that required the expertise and effort of a great multidisciplinary team, including Mercy Winsor, Dr. Charlene Simmonds, Dr. Teri Stuckless and Dr. Eric Y. Tenkorang. I thank my colleagues for their hard work, as well as the funders Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (Nova Scotia) and matching funds provided by the Disciplines of Genetics and Oncology at Memorial University.
Of course, the biggest thank you goes to the study participants – all 325 of them – who helped us see their side of the cancer story. Thank you folks – without you we would not know so much about your post-cancer experiences. We will continue to talk about your lived experiences, increase awareness about your needs, and design work to help eradicate stigma associated with cancer.
I am also excited to say that based on participant input, we are ow conducting a 2nd study on the lived experiences of cancer-affected individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This new study aims to get a deeper understanding of the social and workplace experiences of individuals diagnosed with cancer and to see whether these individuals living in different parts of the province, young individuals and individuals who are a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community have similar or different experiences when it comes to cancer lived experiences.
For further information about the new study, please see here: https://strength-in-community.ca/2023/03/06/study-information-social-and-workplace-lived-experiences-of-cancer-patients-in-newfoundland-and-labrador/
To access our published study on social stigma and discrimination associated with cancer, please see here: https://journals.lww.com/jporp/Fulltext/2023/04000/Social_stigma_associated_with_cancer_in_the.4.aspx
Sevtap Savas, PhD
June 12, 2023, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador