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
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.
National guidelines call for middle-aged women to get annual mammograms, even though they have different risks for developing breast cancer. This study compares annual screening versus screening tailored to individual risk levels.