Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide accounting for 28% of the total cancer cases in the WHO European Region. According to the WHO, despite all advances in medicine and preventive strategies, the incidence of breast cancer in developing countries is still rising. In spite of this devastating fact, the mortality of breast cancer in the developing world seems to be decreasing, with
In this context, an interdisciplinary consortium of experts was formed in 2017 in response to a HORIZON 2020 call for Personalized Medicine research and innovation solutions. The product of this collaboration
Resilience experts have developed a working model of resilience to breast cancer, taking into consideration also related clinical, biological, social, and psychological factors. This model is tested in a prospective multicenter study that recruits large numbers of early-phase breast cancer patients from specialized cancer treatment
The BOUNCE Consortium includes experts from the field of oncology, computer
By Dr Paula Poikonen-Saksela, MD, Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, Helsinki, Finland, BOUNCE Project Coordinator
Coping with breast cancer is a major challenge. Thus, it is necessary for health professionals to help patients increase their psychological resilience toward better and faster recovery.
The BOUNCE project will explore the factors that influence breast cancer patients’ resilience and their ability to resume a normal everyday life through cost-efficient clinical tools for patient empowerment.
BOUNCE develops and deploys advanced computational tools to validate indices of patients’ capacity to bounce back during the highly stressful treatment and recovery period following the diagnosis of breast cancer. Elements of a dynamic, predictive model of patient outcomes are incorporated in building a decision-support system to be used in routine clinical practice providing oncologists and other health professionals with concrete, personalized recommendations regarding optimal psychosocial support strategies.