PCORI Answers Critical Questions
Evidence gaps can make it difficult to know which approach to cancer care will work best given a particular patient’s needs. PCORI funds studies that seek to help patients, clinicians and others answer a range of questions they might have about cancer care, such as:
Clinician: What are the most effective treatments for a patient whose lung cancer didn’t respond to chemotherapy?
Patient: I have both diabetes and prostate cancer. How do I make sure my doctors have all the information they need when discussing my treatment options, so that we take into account all my health issues?
Patient: I have a family history of cancer, but not breast cancer. How often do I really need a mammogram?
Cancer Study Spotlights
This principal investigator explains that survivors of colorectal cancer need to understand there is more than just frequent testing that can be done to help prevent a recurrence of cancer.
A PCORI-funded research team reports in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that patients with cancer who experience insomnia fared better when they recieved cognitive behavioral therapy, compared with nondrug treatments like acupuncture.
This PCORI-funded study compared the effectiveness of two communication approaches by the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania that aimed to increase the colon cancer screening rate among Hispanics.