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Together After Cancer

For the Partner

Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

Benefits of Participation

The study will allow us to see how the program strengthens couples and reduces the impact of breast cancer on relationships. Your participation will help us know how it works so that it can be available to help cancer patients in the future.

This program would be good for you and your relationship if you:

  • Want to strengthen your relationship after cancer
  • Diminish arguments
  • Improve communication
  • Learn new ways to support your partner and each other as you navigate the new normal after cancer
  • Rekindle the romance
  • Improve emotional and physical intimacy
  • Work better together
  • Want to better understand your partner or how cancer is affecting them emotionally, physically, and/or psychologically

Is the Together After Cancer program really for me and my partner?

Yes! We adapted an existing program specifically for Latina breast cancer survivors and their partners. The original program has been tested with over 5,000 couples – 94% of whom were satisfied with the program and 97% of whom would recommend the program to their friends!

Continue reading for some testimonials from men and women who participated in the original program:

Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

“The program helped me to see that there are situations we were not aware of and gave me tools to work on it...the support of the coordinator [coach] made a very important contribution. Thank you.”

“Excellent! The program helped a lot to save my relationship that was already a bit lost.”

Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

“The one thing that really stuck out for me coming from [my partner] is that he's more vulnerable than he shows me. Seeing that side of him makes me want to show my love to him more, my appreciation to him more, so I feel like this program has made me self-aware of how I’m treating him.” 

“He has shown me a side of him that I didn't even know was there. I not only appreciate him for doing this program, but I appreciate him being so honest about it...”

Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

Program Participation

Together After Cancer is based on a program that made a big difference in improving couples’ health and well-being.

We have designed a new health program that is specifically for Latina breast cancer survivors and their partners. Participation is completely confidential and voluntary.

Couples will be randomly placed into one of two groups:

  1. First, complete three confidential online surveys and get information about resources. Then, after a few months, have access to participate in the Together After Cancer program.
  2. First, have access to participate in the Together After Cancer program's online activities. Then, get information about more resources and complete three confidential surveys.

The Together After Cancer program takes about 1 hour per week for 6-8 weeks. You and your partner will complete it primarily on your own, at your own pace. You and your partner will also have up to 5, twenty-minute virtual calls with a coach to help you apply what you’ve learned to your own relationship. Coaches are available for daytime, evening, and weekend calls.

The entire study can be done from the comfort of your home and at a time that works best for you and your partner. Couples will receive between $240 to $440 in gift cards for participating.

  • Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

    Is the Together After Cancer program therapy or marriage counseling?

    No, the Together After Cancer is not therapy or marriage counseling. It is an online educational program that typically takes 6-8 hours to complete. You can work through it at your own pace when it is convenient for you and your partner to participate online.

    What are our chances of getting into the Together After Cancer program?

    You will be randomly assigned— like flipping a coin—to either the program or to get information about resources. You have a 50/50 chance of each. Those who receive information about resources will have the opportunity to do the program at a later date.

    Is the Together After Cancer program available at no charge to me?

    Yes! Services are paid for by a federal grant. In addition to learning new skills, you get paid to volunteer your time!

    It sounds like the Together After Cancer program is only for my wife/partner. What can I gain from participating?

    The Together After Cancer program is great for men/partners because it provides them with tools to engage in meaningful conversations with their partners. This facilitates a mutual understanding of each other's physical, emotional, and psychological experiences while navigating the challenges of cancer together.

    This program may be for you and your partner if you relate to any of the following:

    • Your wife/partner never seems interested in sex
    • Small inconveniences or misunderstandings frequently escalate into arguments
    • Nothing you do seems good enough for your wife/partner, despite genuine efforts to be helpful
    • Your wife/partner appears emotionally detached or shares less with you than before
    • You want to reconnect with your wife/partner after navigating cancer
  • Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

    You may be able to participate if you meet the following criteria:

    • 18 years or older
    • Diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 10 years
    • Identify as Latina
    • In a romantic relationship for at least 6 months
    • Can read English or Spanish
  • Latina Breast Cancer Survivor

    Contact the study Principal Investigator, Dr. Dinorah Martinez Tyson, or our research study staff by emailing or calling (813) 825-2788. You can also complete our survey and we will contact you back within 48 hours.

    This study has been approved by the University of South Florida Institutional Review Board: #STUDY004181