FORwards Winter Update

26 Mar 2021 10:10 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

100 FORwards members!

Earlier this month, we reached our 100th FORwards SIG member. Daelin Coutts-Bain, our 100th member, is a PhD student at the University of Sydney. Daelin’s PhD research is under the supervision of FORwards member Louise Sharpe and focuses on cognitive mechanisms of fear of cancer recurrence and fear of cancer progression. We are thrilled to see our membership grow substantially over the last two years and are looking forward to welcoming more new members in 2021.

Call for New FORwards Committee Members

Are you interested in and passionate about contributing to fear of cancer recurrence research at a global level? The IPOS FORwards SIG committee for 2021-2023 will be formed at the IPOS ASM in May, and we are looking for new representatives. There are four open positions:

  • Chair: Open [nominee: Marije van der Lee]
  • Deputy Chair: Open [nominee: Lauren Heathcote]
  • Secretary: Open
  • Early Career Rep: Open

Please contact the FORwards secretary, Lauren Heathcote, at [email protected] to nominate yourself or another FORwards member.

Two new FORwards Webinar Recordings, Now Available Online

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Since the last update, we held two more webinars as part of the Fear of Recurrence Webinar Series: Group-based Interventions for Fear of Cancer Recurrence (December 2020) and Innovations in Screening for Fear of Cancer Recurrence and Progression (March 2021). Each webinar was attended by over 60 researchers and clinicians from around the world. The full recordings are now available through the IPOS website and are free to current IPOS members or $15 USD for non-members: https://www.ipos-society.org/webcasts

Conquer Fear Masterclass in Russia

Congratulations to FORwards member Evgeniia Ananeva, who led the successful launch of a new training program for clinicians to deliver the Conquer Fear intervention in Russia. The adaptation of the Conquer Fear materials into Russian was made possible through a collaboration between several FORwards members, including Phillis Butow, Jane Turner, Sébastien Simard, and Tania Estape. For those interested in learning more about the Conquer Fear intervention, and other interventions to reduce fear of cancer recurrence, there will be a workshop on treating FCR at the upcoming IPOS ASM.

FCR Research

FORwards members have been hard at work publishing new papers on fear of cancer recurrence and progression over the last few months. Below is a small selection of new papers from our SIG members. 

Gormley, M., Knobf, T., Vorderstrasse, A., Aouizerat, B., Hammer, M., Fletcher, J., & D’Eramo Melkus, G. (2020). Exploring the Effects of Genomic Testing on Fear of Cancer Recurrence among Breast Cancer Survivors. PsychoOncology.

Braun, S. E., Aslanzadeh, F. J., Thacker, L., & Loughan, A. R. (2021). Examining Fear of Cancer Recurrence in Primary Brain Tumor Patients and Their Caregivers Using the ActorPartner Interdependence Model. PsychoOncology.

Cunningham, S. J., Patton, M., Schulte, F., Richardson, P. A., & Heathcote, L. C. (2021). Worry about somatic symptoms as a sign of cancer recurrence: prevalence and associations with fear of recurrence and quality of life in survivors of childhood cancer

Pradhan, P., Sharpe, L., Butow, P. N., Smith, A. B., & Russell, H. (2021). Is a brief online booklet sufficient to reduce fear of cancer recurrence or progression in women with ovarian cancer?. Frontiers in Psychology12.

Shaw, J., Kamphuis, H., Sharpe, L., Lebel, S., Smith, A. B., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., ... & Butow, P. N. (2021). Setting an International Research Agenda for Fear of Cancer Recurrence: an online delphi consensus study. Frontiers in psychology12, 241.

If you would like to include an update in the Spring newsletter, or know a student or colleague who would like to join this SIG, please reach out to Lauren Heathcote (FORwards Secretary) at [email protected]

Thank you all for the phenomenal work that you do to support people living with and beyond cancer.

Kind regards,

Your FORwards committee

Chair: Ben Smith

Deputy Chair: Marije van der Lee

Secretary: Lauren Heathcote

Early Career Rep: Brittany Mustaers


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