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Research project

Prostate Cancer Outcomes Global Initiative to Compare and Reduce Variation (PRO-CRV)

Project overview

Survival for prostate cancer patients has increased dramatically in the last 25 years. However, globally there is huge variation in the survival rates. This variation is partly due to differences in the quality and outcomes of medical care for men with prostate cancer. Care can be improved by identifying high-quality providers and understanding their methods.
The purpose of the study is to improve the physical and mental health of men treated for prostate cancer. The study aims to compare care provided for prostate cancer patients across the world in order to find new ways to improve the quality of care and survival rates of men with prostate cancer. The Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC, at the University of Southampton, will act as the coordinating centre for the UK part of this global project.
Patients who have been recently diagnosed with localised prostate cancer are approached to take part in the study, regardless of the type of cancer treatment they receive. The global study, is collecting clinical data from medical records and patient completed questionnaires. Data from sites around the world will be analysed to understand the factors behind providing the best possible care for prostate cancer patients.

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Lead researcher

Professor Claire Foster

Professor of Psychosocial Oncology

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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