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Tara Sanft, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Chief, Patient Experience Officer; Medical Director, Survivorship Clinic

Research Summary

My research has centered around the patient experience during and after breast cancer treatment. I work with Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Dean of Research at the Yale School of Public Health.

Extensive Research Description

I conduct research with Dr. Melinda Irwin, and have completed several lifestyle intervention trials. I am the Principal Investigator of an NCI-funded R-01 study in which we randomize women to usual care or a healthy diet and exercise intervention in women undergoing chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer. We hope to find early intervention on lifestyle factors makes chemotherapy completion easier. Additionally, I am the site Principal Investigator of a study looking a resilience trajectories in patients diagnosed with breast, colon and prostate cancer, so that we may better learn who needs our help the most in order to thrive after cancer. I have mentored fellows on research projects including investigating decision-making for extended endocrine therapy in hormone receptor positive breast cancer; communication behaviors and patient experience during hospitalization on an oncology unit, exercise behaviors and chemotherapy completion rates and delivering survivorship education through an Enhancing Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) program.

Research Interests

Breast Diseases; Communication; Survivorship

Selected Publications

Clinical Trials