Three New Studies Help Prostate and Breast Cancer Patients
Learning you have cancer is stressful. In addition to grappling with the fear, anger, and uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis, trying to understand the various cancer treatments available for your type of cancer can be overwhelming. And once you do choose a treatment, you will likely have all sorts of lingering questions about how your diagnosis and treatment will affect your lifestyle and your future well-being.
To help prostate and breast cancer patients with these issues, researchers at the University of Colorado, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have joined forces with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service to create 3 studies:
1) Healing Choices for Prostate Cancer
This study is for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and have not yet begun any treatment.
2) Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer
This study is for women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and have not yet begun any treatment.
3) Pathways To Recovery After Breast Cancer Treatment
This study is for women who are just completing treatment for breast cancer or have completed treatment within the past 6 months.
All three studies have one purpose: To help cancer patients find the right information to make decisions about treatment and post-treatment.
How to participate in a study
If you would like to learn more or participate in one of these studies, simply call the toll-free number 1-866-258-7981 and ask for the study that pertains to you. You will then be asked some questions by a specially-trained interviewer to help determine whether you are eligible for one of the studies.
If you join a study, you’ll receive information either as a printed booklet or in the form of electronic media, (you’ll be sent a CD or directed to the Internet, or both). After you’ve had time to review the materials, you’ll receive 2 follow-up calls during the next 9 months to find out whether the information was helpful. You’ll speak with an interviewer as you did during the first call. All phone conversations are strictly confidential and all 3 calls combined will take approximately 40 minutes.
Only a person who has received a cancer diagnosis can truly understand the impact it can have on one’s life. That’s why these studies need you. Your feedback is invaluable in determining the best way to get timely, helpful information to others.
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