Involving Patients in Cancer Research: An Overview of Methods and Strategies

An important part of our work at Research Advocacy Network (RAN) is to advance patient care by encouraging and enabling cancer patient and advocate participation throughout the research process. We believe that patients and advocates can play valuable roles along the research continuum, from concept development to post-trial communications. Incorporating the patient voice in cancer research is intuitively important and has the potential to help research progress faster and further. Even post-research, patient and advocate participation can help smooth the transition of basic scientific discoveries into clinical practice. This short report details methods and strategies used to accomplish this engagement.