The number of people of all ages in the U.S. who have cancer is projected to grow from 11.8 million in 2005 to 18.2 million in 2020, a 55% increase. Family caregivers provide long-term care and are often the primary source of physical, social, and emotional support for patients. Studies have shown the negative emotional (e.g., depression and anxiety) and physical (e.g., altered immune function, hypertension, poor overall physical health) consequences of providing care.

We are conducting a study that will look at caregiver burden and the coping behavior of caregivers of patients with cancer. This study is directed by Marlon Saria, MSN, RN, PhD in close consultation with Dr. Santosh Kesari.

Through this study, we will identify the relationship between cognitive dysfunction, resilience, social support, cognitive appraisal, coping behavior, and caregiver burden, anxiety, and depression among family caregivers of patients with cancer. We believe that the findings of our study will direct future intervention studies to reduce caregiver burden and improve outcomes for the many individuals caring for family members with cancer.