Dr Sophie Lebel
Canadian Cancer Society–funded researcher
My family is proud of the work I’m doing that is making a positive change in people’s lives.
Dr Sophie Lebel has felt the deep emotional impact of cancer, as some of her female relatives have faced a cancer diagnosis. “I've seen firsthand how difficult it is to cope with the loss of a loved one,” she says.
Today, Dr Lebel is a psychology researcher at the University of Ottawa. She and Dr Christine Maheu, a nursing researcher at McGill University, have Canadian Cancer Society funding to test a group therapy that they developed to help women with breast and gynecological cancers deal with the fear of their cancer returning.
A pilot study of the therapy showed promising results in reducing fear and anxiety, and Drs Lebel and Maheu are now conducting a larger clinical trial of the therapy. “I’m grateful that the Canadian Cancer Society has provided the funding for us to run this trial,” says Dr Lebel. Research projects like Dr Lebel’s are supported by funds raised through Daffodil Month and the Society’s other fundraising campaigns.
“My family is proud of the work I’m doing that is making a positive change in people’s lives,” Dr Lebel says.