The number of patients 60 and older with breast cancer is increasing as our population ages.
Despite the fact that the majority of breast cancers occur in patients 60 and over, these
patients are consistently under-represented in clinical trials. Because patients 60 and older
are an under-studied group, investigators do not have detailed information on the side
effects and experiences for these patients receiving chemotherapy. Understanding the side
effects patients receiving chemotherapy experience is an important part of this study.
In addition, past research has shown that having poor social support can affect quality of
life, mood, and outcomes for people with cancer. However, few studies in the past have
focused on improving the quality of life and support systems that patients have while they
This research study is evaluating how engaging in an online support community may improve the
experience of older patients receiving chemotherapy.