Kirsten A. Nyrop, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

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Dr. Nyrop is a health services researcher who is involved in intervention and implementation studies focused on preserving function and quality of life in older cancer patients during and after treatment. She has collaborated with Dr. Hyman B. Muss (Director of Geriatric Oncology, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center), and other members of the Geriatric Oncology Working Group and the UNC research community on a number of pragmatic physical activity intervention studies among cancer patients and survivors. These studies have included:

  • The adaptation and testing of a physical activity intervention for reducing arthritis pain and stiffness (Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease) in female breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy who are experiencing AI-associated arthralgia (non-inflammatory joint pain, stiffness or achiness)
  • Home-based walking program to manage fatigue and other patient-reported symptoms in female breast cancer patients
    • undergoing chemotherapy
    • receiving radiation therapy
  • Home-based walking program to manage fatigue and other patient-reported symptoms in colorectal cancer patients receiving chemotherapy
  • Home-based walking program to manage fatigue in early stage cancer patients within 12 weeks of completing chemotherapy or combined chemoradiation therapy.

Prior to her appointment in Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Nyrop was Research Associate with the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Center Coordinator for the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, both within the UNC School of Medicine. Prior to her employment at UNC, Dr. Nyrop held leadership positions in public, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Her undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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