Your participation in research and science can lead to improved prevention strategies, more effective treatment options, better side effect management, a better patient experience, and even enhanced patient/provider communication. The more that can be learned about prostate cancer as a disease, the more progress we can make together to improve the lives of men and their families.
Prostate cancer research requires partnerships and collaborations between organizations, industry, researchers, clinicians, universities, private practices, patients, and caregivers, each with a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. The bottom line: cancer research transforms and saves lives and this is your invitation to join a community who wants to give back. Whether you share your story, provide your opinions in a survey, participate in a focus group, or enroll in a prostate cancer clinical trial, there are a variety of ways to give back to the prostate cancer community and advance science. Below are opportunities to participate in prostate cancer research.
Current Prostate Cancer Research Opportunities:
- Understanding the Needs of Prostate Cancer Patients Survey – ZERO, in partnership with Duke University and Pfizer Oncology have developed a survey for prostate cancer patients. We aim to better understand patient/provider communication, access to care issues, and treatment decision-making. Take the survey now!
- Hot Flash Management in Prostate Cancer – A study evaluating if wearing the Embr thermal device on the inside of the wrist is useful for men who experience hot flashes as a result of prostate cancer treatment. More information can be found on ClinicalTrials.gov or by emailing email@example.com.
- Stress and Health Behaviors in African American Couples Coping with Prostate Cancer – Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center are working to understand how stress, coping, and health behaviors are related to each other in close relationships. Complete an initial survey, a 14-day questionnaire on your smartphone, and a final survey to participate. Compensation is provided. Contact the study team by phone at (713) 792-8038 or email the primary investigator in the Department of Health Disparities Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Self-Advocacy Among Men with Cancer – Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are working to better understand how men with a history of cancer stand up for their needs and preferences (self-advocate). This is a one-time survey that takes 25-45 minutes to complete. Compensation is provided. Contact the study team by phone at (412) 624-0279 or by email at email@example.com.
- Participate in a Clinical Trial – Did you know that more than 800 clinical trials are currently underway in prostate cancer? These studies help prevent cancer, diagnose cancer, treat cancer, and even manage side effects of cancer treatment. Clinical trials are critical to advancing progress in defeating prostate cancer. Visit ClinicalTrials.gov to search for prostate cancer trials you may be eligible for. You can also learn more about the entire clinical trial process by visiting ZERO’s Clinical Trials page.
- Share Your Story with ZERO – ZERO and our partners are continuously working with industry, media, and other patient advocacy organizations to review educational literature, better understand the patient journey, and provide overall feedback on experiences. Join the ZERO community to hear about available opportunities as they arise.
Types of Prostate Cancer Research
As you determine your role in advancing research, it is helpful to know that research can take on several different forms. According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), research can be divided into four broad categories:
Basic research is the study of animals, cells, molecules, or genes to gain new knowledge about cellular and molecular changes that occur naturally or during the development of a disease. Basic research is also referred to as lab research or preclinical research.
Translational research describes an approach that seeks to accelerate the application of discoveries in the laboratory to clinical practice. This is often referred to as moving advances from bench to bedside.
Clinical research involves the application of treatments and procedures in patients. Clinical researchers conduct clinical trials, study a particular patient or group of patients, including their behaviors, or use materials from humans, such as blood or tissue samples, to learn about disease, how the healthy body works, or how it responds to treatment.
Population research is the study of causes and patterns of occurrence of cancer and evaluation of risk. Population scientists, also known as epidemiologists, study the patterns, causes, and effects of health and diseases in defined groups. Population research is highly collaborative and can span the spectrum from basic to clinical research.