Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — •••
A special guest at the Briody’s video premiere was Dr. Robyn Lally, the UB assistant professor of nursing whose breast cancer research and development project the Briody producers want to aid.
Using funding from American Cancer Society, Lally is developing an online “self help” program for women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Before she joined the UB School of Nursing staff, Lally was a nurse who “mentored” breast cancer patients from diagnosis through treatment.
About 30 percent of breast cancer patients experience significant psychological distress over the diagnosis, Lally said; it can lead to depression, anxiety and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder that last years after treatment.
Lally’s mentoring work inspired her development of the computer-based program “Caring Guidance,” which will contain medical information about cancer and treatment options, coping advice and video “vignettes” by cancer survivors describing their experiences.
With additional funding, Lally said she would would add a component for friends and family of new breast cancer patients, and possibly narration of some sections of text in the program.