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Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN - Project Director

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham/Women’s Breast Health Fund


Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research has received a two-year grant from Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for her project, "The Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network (YBCSN)."

YBCSN-LogoThis project aims to improve the quality of life for young breast-cancer survivors and their loved ones through education, personal support, distance learning and media networking. Meneses will work with the support group at the American Cancer Society and other organizations that can provide support services for young women diagnosed before menopause and their loved ones. The Web-based nature of this program will allow greater flexibility for young women with busy schedules. The project also provides support for children of survivors through a partnership with Oasis Counseling for Women and Children.

In addition, the YBCSN project hosts a yearly workshop for young breast-cancer survivors and their families. The workshop was specially designed to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors and their loved ones through education, personal support and networking. Sessions for women included an ask the experts panel, a survivor’s panel, and a healthy cooking demonstration from Cooking Light’s Senior Editor Tim Cebula and Register Dietitian Adam Britt. Husbands learned strategies on how to effectively cope and support their loved one, while children ages 3-to 10 engaged in nutrition lessons and arts and crafts.

For more information about the YBCSN project, please contact contact Ms.Silvia Gisiger-Camata at or (205) 975-8656.

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Azuero, A., Su, X., Mcnees, P., Meneses, K.(2013) A revision of the quality of life-breast cancer survivors (QOL-BCS) instrument. Research in Nursing and Health, 36 (4),  423-434.

Meneses KM, Benz RL, Hassey LA, Yang ZQ, McNees MP. (2013). Strategies to retain rural breast cancer survivors in longitudinal research.Appl Nurs Res. 2013 Nov;26(4):257-62