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Prostate Cancer Patients Sought for Database as Part of Joint Effort

Men with prostate cancer and their spouses/significant others are being sought for a joint study being conducted by two Los Angeles-area medical centers as part of a// collaborative effort to better understand the genetics of the disease. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles is seeking participants for its Prostate Patient Profiles Project, in conjunction with Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, Memorial Campus in Inglewood. The goal of the Prostate Patient Profiles Project is to collect blood and tissue samples as well as medical information from men with prostate cancer and their spouses/significant others. It is hoped that the data collected will help doctors better understand the biology of prostate cancer as well as to study the factors that influence how different types of prostate cancers respond to treatment.

By teaming with Centinela Freeman’s Memorial Campus and its Urban Latino African American Cancer (ULAAC) Disparities Grant, researchers from Cedars-Sinai hope to reach a broad demographic range of patients, including underserved members of the community who may have difficulty gaining access to health care.

The ULAAC program, at Centinela Freeman, focuses on improving access to cancer clinical trials with patient navigators who help patients understand the treatment protocols, access treatment, and help patients deal with the physical and emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is hypothesized that minorities have worse cancer outcomes than whites because they reside too far from the traditional university setting where clinical trials are readily available. The ULAAC project not only brings clinical studies to the local community, but also helps patients access these trials through the navigator program, notes Michael Steinberg, M.D., prin
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