FLORENCE, S.C. – Janis McWayne, assistant professor of health education at Francis Marion University, had her research published in the Aug. 1 issue of “Cancer,” a journal of the American Cancer Society.
McWayne’s article, “Psychologic and Social Sequelae of Secondary Lymphedema,” is associated with a research study she is working on at the South Carolina Cancer Center in Columbia (SCCC).
McWayne collaborates with breast cancer researchers and epidemiologists at the Medical University of South Carolina and SCCC. She began by studying the psychosocial impacts of breast cancer treatment and became interested in the seemingly high incidence of Secondary Lymphedema (SLE) in South Carolina compared with other states. SLE is a swelling caused by lymph accumulating in the tissues.
Her research found that SLE negatively impacts psychological and social health. The psychological impact included frustration, distress, depression and anxiety, resulting in a lower quality of life. The findings are significant because SLE is under-recognized and under-researched. Many women develop SLE because they are not informed that they are at risk.
McWayne is also a co-investigator on a four-year, $1.5 million National Institutes of Health-funded study regarding the delivery of interventions to breast cancer patients in rural South Carolina.
She joined the FMU faculty in 2003. She earned the B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in health promotion and education from the University of South Carolina.
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