The central mission of the Penn TREC Survivor Center is to advance science on energetics and cancer survivorship, toward the goal of improving both the length and quality of cancer survivorship.

Rebecca Speck

Rebecca Speck

Rebecca M. Speck, MPH, is a PhD Candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. Becky is also the Research Manager for the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. Prior to arriving at Penn, Becky attended the University of Minnesota where she completed her BA and MPH. Her Master’s thesis was on physical education policy in U.S. schools.

Becky’s dissertation work is on chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in breast cancer patients receiving taxanes. Her first project utilized mixed methods to focus on the lived experience of the patient, seeking to understand their use of coping or management-strategies to deal with the impact of CIPN symptoms. The second project focuses on the clinical impact of CIPN in the context of treatment and the incidence and risk factors of CIPN as a dose-limiting toxicity. Through her dissertation and future work, Becky’s goal is to improve the lives of cancer survivors through the development and testing of targeted non-pharmacologic interventions that help manage or prevent side effects and toxicities of cancer treatments.

Rebecca M. Speck, MPH
PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
speckr@mail.med.upenn.edu
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
1121A Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021