Recently diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer?
A trial is underway through Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and this trial needs men like you.
NAVIGATE is an online decision aid resource for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer and their partners. It is also the name of the research project which is guiding the development and testing of the NAVIGATE website.
The NAVIGATE research trial is being run nationally to test the decision aid through a randomised controlled trial.
The beauty of this trial is that men can go directly to the website, or ring the NAVIGATE project team. There is no need to get a referral from your GP or specialist. Like all clinical trials, there are criteria which need to be met before a person is accepted.
What is a ‘decision aid’?
The widely respected Mayo Clinic in America defines a decision aid as:-
… a tool used to inform patients about available treatments, along with potential benefits, risks and costs, during clinical encounters. Decision aids use a shared, informed approach to clinical decision-making.
Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis usually comes as a big shock. Then comes the need to make decisions, based upon a range of individual factors, such as:-
- How aggressive or advanced is the cancer?
- How old is the man who has the cancer?
- Does the man have other health issues?
As I discussed in an earlier post about decision making and uncertainty, it is often very difficult and sometimes overwhelming for men to choose what to do or what not to do about their prostate cancer.
Decision aids are tools that are designed to help people understand their treatment options, learn about the pros and cons of each option, and to reduce their likelihood of making a decision that they later regret.
There is even a term – decisional regret – as well as a scale to measure that regret! The NAVIGATE decision aid is specifically targeted at men who have recently been diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer (and their partners). Using NAVIGATE to understand your treatment options and to decide which option best suits you – what you consider to be important – may reduce your risk of decisional regret.
Are you interested? Or do you know someone else who may be interested? Great. Click here to view the NAVIGATE brochure PDF.
NAVIGATE Contact Details
The NAVIGATE Research Team
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
PH: (03) 8559 7453
There is even a Facebook page – click on the image to take you to the NAVIGATE Prostate Cancer Decision Aid page.