A study is in process to help with the treatment decision making process. The team also plans to study whether the Web-based tool helps reduce conflict that men feel about their decision and whether it helps them feel better prepared for treatment.
The three-year clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research has enrolled about 70 men in the study so far. The goal is to enroll 500 men by 2009. It is being conducted at the UW Medical Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Prostate Institute and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in the Seattle area, and has expanded to sites in Texas, Georgia and Philadelphia.
The study is easy to use for men without computer experience and those who have trouble seeing or reading. The program is also available in Spanish.
Men are needed to volunteer for a study evaluating the effectiveness of a Web-based program to help decide among prostate cancer treatment options. To qualify, men must:
- Have recently been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and have not begun treatment.
- Have a consultation appointment through one of the participating institutions.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be able to read and speak English or Spanish.For more information, visit fhcrc.org/donating/other/study