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
Hear about one organization’s experience participating in a PCORI-funded project and how PCORI’s research process ensures patients are included as partners throughout the whole process.
People with lung cancer need treatment from multiple specialists. Coordinated care, this study found, results in treatment that is more stage-appropriate and pinpointed to the severity of the individual patient’s cancer.
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.