Master’s student looking for help from breast cancer survivors


Lianne Trachtenberg, a master’s student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto, is looking for participants for a study on breast cancer in young women.

She said, “I am currently conducting a research study exploring the unique psychosocial adjustment issues and coping strategies experienced among young breast cancer survivors. My thesis focuses on identity reconstruction that occurs in young women who have survived this deadly disease.

“To date, no scientific knowledge is available that reflects the lived experiences and challenges faced throughout the identity reconstruction process among a younger cancer survivor population. As a result, their long-term treatment and care are primarily based upon an older sample of women that likely ignore significant long-term changes made to survivors’ identities and new life circumstances.”

Your involvement will consist of a one-hour in-person interviews so participants must live in the Toronto area. You should be between 18 and 45-years-old and have completed adjuvant therapy treatment, and have been cancer free for over one year.

She hopes these interviews will “examine the unique challenges faced among young breast cancer survivors’ disrupted sense of identities; explore the reintegration process of these women’s identities as they adjust to a cancer-free lifestyle; and identify women’s creative problems solving solution used to mitigate any long-term distress and discontinuity between their past and future selves.”

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact Lianne at

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