Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Marifran Mattson

Committee Chair

Marifran Mattson

Committee Member 1

Torsten Reimer

Committee Member 2

Teasa Thompson


A cancer coalition is a communication hub for cancer patients that may help address cancer by promoting health and mitigating health issues. Attitudes toward a cancer coalition may be important in determining whether or not patients participate or utilize a coalition. However, little is known about the attitudes of cancer patients toward a cancer coalition, its services, and toward participation. This study addresses this gap by investigating these attitudes. The results encourage the development of a cancer coalition in states that do not yet have a coalition. Effective coalition health communication was found to be a pivotal service that cancer patients wanted and that could circumvent potential unfavorable attitudes.