Nursing Professor Presents at National Conference

Cynthia Steinwedel, PhD(c), RN with her poster "A Narrative Analysis of the Impact of Cancer Caregiving on Cancer Caregivers: Stories of Lives in Transition"

March 14, 2013

Most people understand the negative impact cancer can have on individuals and families.  Little research has been done to identify the impact of cancer on primary caregivers.  Those people who provide around the clock care from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.  What happens to them? Cynthia Steinwedel, PhD(c), RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Bradley University asked the same question.  Professor Steinwedel molded her intellectual curiosity into her doctoral dissertation research entitled, “A Narrative Analysis of the Impact of Cancer Caregiving on Cancer Caregivers: Stories of Lives in Transition.”  Her research identified critical areas such as isolation, grief, burden, and helplessness that not only cause an emotional toll but can also result in physical maladies.

Professor Steinwedel’s novel approach to cancer caregivers caught the eye of distinguished researchers from the American Psycho-Oncology Society.  She was asked to disseminate her research findings at the 10th annual meeting of the American Psycho-Oncology Society in Huntington Beach, CA on February 15, 2013. 

Congratulations to Professor Cynthia Steinwedel for having your research recognized by a national body and for helping to improve the lives of cancer caregivers.