Research Participants Needed for Interview-based Study of Cancer Treatment Experiences

Are you someone who has used alternative cancer treatments and who would be comfortable sharing his or her perspective?

The UCSF Patient Perspectives on Alternative Cancer Treatments (PPACT) study is seeking patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and used one or more forms of alternative medicine to treat it. Sharing your thoughts and experiences will help us to better understand patients’ considerations when making treatment decisions and may improve physician-patient communication in the future.

Participating in the PPACT study

Participation in this study includes three visits with a member of the research team, conducted over a four-month period, including:

  • Screening, consent and enrollment (60 minutes, telephone)
  • Initial interview (90 minutes, in person*)
  • Follow-up interview, four months after the initial interview (30 minutes, telephone)

*We would prefer to do all initial interviews in person; however, phone interviews can be arranged for a participant’s convenience.

You may be eligible if:

  • You have received a diagnosis of cancer from a medical doctor
  • You have decided to postpone or not use at least 1 conventional cancer treatments (e.g. chemotherapy, surgery or radiation) recommended by an oncologist
  • You have used one or more alternative treatments for cancer (e.g., IV Vitamin C, homeopathy, acupuncture, Reiki, etc.)

For more information about the study and to see if you qualify, please contact the study coordinator at 508-868-1640.

The PPACT study is being conducted at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (map and directions).

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