GOLD Research Program
Director: Rachel Isaksson Vogel, Ph.D.
Study Coordinator: Heewon Lee
We created the University of Minnesota Gynecologic Oncology – Life after Diagnosis (GOLD) Research Program to optimize the health of indivudals diagnosed with and treated for gynecologic cancers. The goal of GOLD Research Program is to promote and facilitate research aimed to understand survivorship issues during and after treatment for gynecologic cancers and to improve survivors’ quality of life and outcomes. We will accomplish this by making the GOLD program an integral part of survivorship care at the Gynecologic Oncology clinic of the University of Minnesota.
As research can be a foundation to support treatment and outcomes, we aim to collaborate with the faculty and staff to position the GOLD Research Program as a partner in survivorship care. We envision accomplishing this goal in the following ways:
GOLD Research Cohort
The study opened in January 2017 to enroll a cohort of women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers with the goal of establishing a resource to facilitate prospective long-term follow up research of gynecologic cancer survivors.
Quarterly GOLD Gatherings
Community support and friendships are vital to improving survivorship. The GOLD Research Program hosts quarterly gatherings to foster these connections. Previous GOLD events were focussed on topics such as 'Managing Side Effects after Treatment', 'Eating Well after Cancer', 'Emotional Health and Wellness', and 'Exercise after a Cancer'. The next gathering will take place in October 2018. We will announce details on this website and also via email for individuals who are already enrolled in GOLD.
Topic: Send your requests/suggestions to goldMN@umn.edu
- Managing Side Effects after Treatment, Colleen Rivard, MD, Ashley Thersleff, FNP-C, Kirsten Malvey, FNP-C - 4/2017
- Eating Well After Cancer, Kelly Scheller Williams, RD, LD - 7/2017
- Emotional Health and Wellness - Sue Petzel, PhD - 10/2017
- Exercise after Cancer - Jo Jo Goulding, YMCA LIVESTRONG Program Manager - 4/2018
- Insomnia and Fatigue - Jeff Kendall, PsyD, LP - 7/2018
GOLD online newsletters
Patients participating in the GOLD cohort and other interested parties receive emails from GOLD every 3-4 months about recent findings, new treatments, and other community resources to support and engage members about survivorship. You can download previous newsletters here:
Encourage other relevant survivorship research
In addition to the GOLD cohort, we plan to encourage other research projects relevant for gynecologic cancer survivors. We will do this not only by developing new projects ourselves but by building collaborative relationships. We believe the GOLD Research Cohort will provide a rich resource of both data and potential future study participants. Look for the GOLD logo next to research projects supporting this effort!