Building on her past experiences in clinical psychology and oncology nursing, Huibrie Pieters’ program of research focuses on the psychological aspects of how women age 65 years and older make treatment decisions about loco-regional breast cancer. Within this domain of psycho-gero-oncology, Pieters has published on the women’s perceptions of the concept of cancer survivorship, accessing healthcare across the early cancer trajectory and the multifaceted process of decision making about treatment options. Her future research interests include describing the decision making processes by which women age 65 years and older understand and manage adjuvant hormonal treatment and what the women need regarding information and support that influence their decision making.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Pieters HC, Heilemann MV, Grant M, Maly RC. Older women's reflections on accessing care across their breast cancer trajectory: navigating beyond the triple barriers. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2011 Mar;38(2):175-84.
Pieters HC, Heilemann MV. "Once you're 82 going on 83, surviving has a different meaning": older breast cancer survivors reflect on cancer survivorship. Cancer Nurs. 2011 Mar-Apr;34(2):124-33.
Pieters HC, Heilemann MV, Maliski S, Dornig K, Mentes J. Instrumental relating and treatment decision making among older women with early stage breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, in press.