So apparently Prostate Cancer Canada has been working (rather secretively) on a series of projects under the umbrella name of their “True Nth” initiative. But it’s a little difficult to work out quite what is encompassed by this initiative, which has been funded (at least in part) by Movember.
We only found out about this because in the Journal of Clinical Oncology there have been reports about some of the early output from some of the projects being funded through this initiative. For example:
The abstract of a poster presented at the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposium last year discusses the development of an electronic library of information for Canadians (in both English and French) dealing with the management of urinary and bowel side effects that may be experienced after treatment with curative intent using radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), brachytherapy, and the combination of EBRT + brachytherapy.
Two other abstracts presented at the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposia in 2016 and 2017 (see here and here) discuss an ongoing educational program for men and their caregivers who are being started on androgen deprivation therapy.
As regular readers will be aware, the issues of quality of care and quality of life (as opposed to simply treatment of the cancer) still needs a great deal of attention if we are to really improve the management of prostate cancer from a patient perspective. The “True Nth” initiative certainly appears to be highly focused on issues that are related to these challenges … so we have reached out to Prostate Cancer Canada to see if someone there would be willing to write a “guest blog” article for us about this initiative and what it hopes to be able to achieve over the next 2 to 3 years.