Research Mission

Research Mission

Mother and Daughter smiling

“She was by my side. My mother was by my side... She took a very big part of being my partner... She set the standard for everyone else.” —A young-adult diagnosed daughter (Research Participant)

This Fisher Breast Cancer Research Program on Mother-Daughter Communication centers on coping and prevention. This research program is guided by the following goals:

  1. Foster healthy communication in the family, particularly between mothers and daughters
  2. Enhance mother-daughter communication when coping with breast cancer and disease risk
  3. Promote healthy behavior and talk between mothers and daughters that contributes to preventing future disease occurrences
  4. Nurture an understanding of both diagnosed women’s experiences with breast cancer and disease risk as well as their mothers’ and daughters’ experiences
  5. Encourage mothers’ and daughters’ awareness of one another’s unique interactive needs and preferences as it pertains to coping with illness, talking about health, and engaging in health promotion behavior
  6. Capture women’s authentic, lived stories to help mothers’ and daughters’ learn healthy ways to talk with one another while adjusting to the disease or engaging in health promotion behavior
  7. Illustrate mothers’ and daughters’ diverse communication needs and preferences across the life span (e.g., their age or developmental phase of life) in relation to disease coping and prevention
  8. Advocate for family communication to be integrated into patients’ cancer care
  9. Translate research on mother-daughter communication and breast cancer into cancer practice and care
  10. Collaborate with medical professionals, institutions, and families to ensure the research meets both families’ and the medical community’s needs
  11. Provide knowledge for health practitioners and professionals working with families coping with breast cancer
  12. Develop health behavior interventions, support services, and psycho-educational resources that can aid mothers and daughters in managing breast cancer and disease risk across the life span