Survey about use of online support networks for prostate cancer patients


Researchers at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, USA are conducting a study to learn more about men’s use and perceptions of online prostate cancer support networks as well as men’s experiences with prostate cancer. We encourage readers to participate in this survey.

You are eligible to participate if all of these describe you:

  • You have been diagnosed with prostate cancer within the past 5 years
  • You have localized prostate cancer
  • You are a member of an online prostate cancer support group/network.

This study involves completing an online questionnaire, which should take you about 15 minutes or less. The survey will be accessible through October 9, 2015. You can access the survey if you click here. Your answers will be confidential. Your participation is completely voluntary and the survey may be stopped at any time without any penalty to you.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the study coordinator, Camella Rising, by e-mail. Ms. Rising is an experienced prostate cancer researcher and a caregiver for a close family member with prostate cancer.

2 Responses

  1. Why is this study just for localized prostate cancer? I am involved in several online prostate cancer support sites, and excluding advanced metastatic prostate cancer patients is wrong.

  2. Dear Eric:

    I am sure that the research team limited this survey to men with localized prostate cancer diagnosed within the past 5 years for a very specific reason. And I am also sure that if you ask the study coordinator politely (using the e-mail address provided) she would be happy to explain why. The survey is certainly not the only element of the overall study.

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