Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa

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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women across most ethnic groups. Although the psychosocial impact of breast cancer is being studied, there is little information on women from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. We conducted a qualitative study with breast cancer survivors (BCS) of various ethnicities. A total of 102 BCS(More)
BACKGROUND Increasingly, the quality of life (QOL) of women diagnosed with breast carcinoma is being studied. However, there is little information regarding long term survivors among ethnic minority women. The purpose of this study was to describe the QOL of long term breast carcinoma survivors (BCS) and to examine the role of ethnicity in influencing their(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been recently detected in the circulation of cancer patients, where they are associated with clinical parameters. Discovery profiling of circulating small RNAs has not been reported in breast cancer (BC), and was carried out in this study to identify blood-based small RNA markers of BC clinical outcome. The pre-treatment sera of 42(More)
This study examined health related quality of life (HRQOL) and its predictors among African-, Asian-, Latina-, and European American breast cancer survivors (BCS) using a socio-ecologically and culturally contextual theoretical model of HRQOL. We employed a case–control, cross sectional design with a population-based sample from the California Cancer(More)
Qualitative interviews were used to investigate the impact of breast cancer among Latina survivors. The findings revealed that Latina survivors were optimistic about their health, utilized cultural and religious recovery practices; and seemed to accept their diagnosis, fears and suffering as part of their personal journey. The survivors' narrative(More)
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in most US populations. Unfortunately, ethnic minority status is associated with increased later stage at diagnosis, greater incidence for many cancer sites, differential treatments, greater mortality and morbidity. The government and public health focus on health disparities, evident in several documents(More)
BACKGROUND The inclusion of ethnic minorities in cancer-related studies continues to be an important concern for researchers. In this article, the authors present 1) a brief discussion of recruitment and measurement challenges in conducting multiethnic survivorship research, and 2) recruitment outcomes and sample characteristics for a health-related(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To examine how physical and mental health quality of life (QOL) varies in relation to the socioeconomic status and ethnicity among breast cancer survivors; to determine key socioecologic factors influencing outcomes. DESIGN Cross-sectional. SETTING Participants were recruited from the California Cancer Surveillance Program, from(More)
Models of health behavior provide the conceptual bases for most of the breast cancer screening intervention studies. These models were not designed for and have not been adequately tested with African American women. The models discussed in this paper are: The Health Belief Model, the Theory of Reasoned Action/Theory of Planned Behavior, and the(More)
OBJECTIVE Healthcare professionals are providing care for a growing number of Latinas who are breast cancer survivors (BCS) and at greater risk for distress. This study reports on the prevalence of depressive symptomatology among a cohort of Latina BCS. METHODS This study reports the outcomes of a population-based sample of 232 Latina BCS recruited via(More)