The Breast Cancer Survivorship Navigation Project (BCSNP) seeks to identify which model is most effective for supporting the physical health and quality of life of low-income and other underserved women who are ending active breast cancer treatment and transitioning into survivorship. Guided by three co-leads—a patient advocate, a clinical survivor support staff member, and a survivorship researcher—the project steering committee is professionally, ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse. Following a detailed communication plan and operating agreement, ideas and perspectives from additional patients/survivors, caregivers, healthcare providers, researchers, and other stakeholders will be actively solicited.
Over this project year, the BCSNP Steering Committee members will participate in subcommittees and workgroups to produce an updated review of the literature and further document local programs in order to narrow down possible care models to compare. Characteristics of clinical and community sites will be explored to identify potential study sites. This will culminate in the development of a Letter of Intent to a PCORI program, drafts of background and significance and the methods section for a grant proposal, and strong relationships to support an important study. Throughout this time, we will keep stakeholders informed through a project website, a listserv, webinars, and other methods, and review and revise partnership documents as needed.