Cancer Survivorship Center
Our Mission is to create, expand, and disseminate knowledge addressing survivorship across the cancer
continuum. Our Vision is to conduct research that alleviates the impact of cancer in South Carolina, the
nation, and the world.
Dr. Sue Heiney, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Schooley, from the College of Engineering
and Computing, has been granted pilot funding of $50,000 to develop a software application
to promote adherence to endocrine therapy for African-American women with breast cancer,
a demographic with significantly worse adherence to endocrine therapy than their European
American counterparts. African American women with breast cancer suffer 40% higher
mortality despite having about equal incidence nationally. The end result of the pilot
study will be the creation of a prototype of the app and the construction of a model
for designing culturally sensitive user experience software, important because that
will provide a testable intervention for improving adherence and a model for computer
scientists who are designing culturally sensitive software.