CSC at the Gerontological Society of America Conference: Part 2

Hello again from the 65th Annual Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in San Diego! Moments ago, I presented a late-breaking poster on behalf of CSC and all of the great work which has gone into CancerSupportSource—our 25-item psychosocial distress screening, referral and follow-up program.

The poster presented age differences with respect to: 1) areas of reported distress, 2) areas in which assistance was requested, 3) type of assistance requested, and 4) risk for clinical depression. The results clearly demonstrated age differences in the cancer survivorship experience. Adults age 45-54 were overwhelmingly more distressed than those 65+, were more likely to request assistance for treating their distress and were nearly 4 times more likely to be at risk for clinical depression.

Many people stopped by the poster and expressed their interest in CancerSupportSource including researchers, administrators, advocates and medical professionals. People were especially interested in the Research and Training Institute and our ability to conduct novel community based research through CSC’s grassroots affiliate network.

I am meetings a lot of great people, and thoroughly enjoying my time at the GSA conferences thus far.  I will try to check in once more following my next poster presentation.

About Chris Gayer

Christopher Gayer joined the Cancer Support Community in February 2012 as Research Manager of the Research and Training Institute. Chris is a Gero-psycho-social researcher in the end stages of finishing his dissertation in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Chris has extensive research experience and interest in gero-psychology and decision making studies. He is especially interested in understanding the role of patient-physician communication in the context of cancer treatment decisions.

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