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Wayne State professor working to alleviate cancer pain

August 7, 2013

April Vallerand, a Wayne State University professor of nursing, will be able to obtain funds to extend her three-year study on intervention for improving function of African Americans who experience cancer pain, now that she has been appointed to the first WSU College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professorship. Her study is funded by a $1.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, and Vallerand intends to extend the Power Over Pain project to a fourth year. "I am so honored to receive this professorship. We work to help both the patient and caregiver increase their perceived control over pain, which is key to managing both pain and being able to do the daily activities. If you know what to do to control your pain, and are confident that what you do will make a difference, you can improve how you feel and what you are able to do," Vallerand said.