Patient Advocacy

Patient advocacy is an integral part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Alliance Patient Advocates are cancer survivors and caregivers, and come from all walks of life. They play an active role in cancer research by bringing the patient's perspective to the investigative and clinical environment. Patient advocates help clinical researchers find better answers for people with cancer more quickly.

Alliance Patient Advocates:
   ►  Attend and participate in scientific meetings
   ►  Review study concepts and protocols
   ►  Assist in designing study accrual strategies
   ►  Develop plain language study results summaries
   ►  Make presentations to interested groups of scientists and clinicians

Alliance Patient Advocates also serve on National Cancer Institute (NCI) scientific and advocacy steering committees, are members and officers in national cancer organizations, and some are current participants in ongoing clinical trials. They are available for group meetings and community presentations about the role of clinical trials in cancer care.

To learn more about patient advocacy and patient resources, please visit the NCI's Office of Advocacy Relations and view cancer-related resources of this website. To learn more about clincal trials, view the American Cancer Society's videos featuring an Alliance patient advocate and Alliance researcher and also take a look at this brief, informative video. To meet the members of the Alliance Patient Advocate Committee, click the link above on the left.

In addition, brief summaries highlighting recently published Alliance study results can be found on the Alliance Study Results Summaries page.