Background. Interacting with patients, researchers, and administrators, patient advocates have a unique vantage point. Yet, few prior studies have sought to understand these individuals or to seek their opinions on cancer issues. Methods. A survey to address the foregoing was developed and mailed to advocates within the National Cancer Institute's Prostate Cancer SPORE Program. Results. A total of 10 of 19 advocates responded. All were men, most were retired, and all had faced a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Two major themes emerged: (1) the importance of patient education in promoting informed clinical decision-making and (2) a perceived need for patient-centered research by providers and educators. Conclusions. Prostate cancer patient advocates provide a broad range of opinions on the spectrum of cancer care. Similar studies among advocates involved in other malignancies may be worthwhile.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health