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How often do men with localised prostate cancer regret their treatment decisions? What practical support can be offered to men facing a prostate cancer diagnosis to help them navigate all available treatment options? How can we encourage patients to ask more questions about their cancer?

Join our Host Rachael Babin once again in conversation with Dr Ben Smith to discuss another of his team’s recent papers on a question prompt list to support shared decision-making in localised prostate cancer.

Ben is a Senior Research Fellow and Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow. He has a particular interest in fear of cancer recurrence, digital health interventions and underserved populations impacted by cancer.

Ben also came on the podcast a few weeks ago to talk to about a fear of recurrence screening tool so if you enjoy today’s episode and would like to hear more from Ben, please circle back to episode 17 of Experts on Point or on your favourite podcast streaming app.

Papers & Resources:

Rincones, Orlando, Smith, Allan, Chong, Peter et al. (2023). Encouraging Patients to Ask Questions: Development and Pilot Testing of a Question Prompt List for Patients Undergoing a Biopsy for Suspected Prostate Cancer. Current Oncology. 30. 2088-2104. 10.3390/curroncol30020162. Access online here.

ANZUP Cancer Trials Group – access online here.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia ‘Understanding Prostate Cancer’ Resources: access online here.

This Week’s Team:

Dr Ben Smith

Dr Ben Smith is a Senior Research Fellow and Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow. Ben’s research aims to ensure equitable access to high quality evidence-based cancer survivorship care for all people living with and beyond cancer. He has a particular expertise in:

  • Assessment and treatment of fear of cancer recurrence
  • Development, evaluation and implementation of digital health interventions
  • Clinical trial participation by culturally and linguistically diverse cancer patients
  • Quality of life in testicular cancer survivors
  • Treatment decision making in men wth prostate cancer

Connect with Ben on Twitter here: @cancer_K2A

Rachael Babin

Rachael Babin

Rachael Babin is Host of The Oncology Podcast, Editor-in-Chief of The Oncology Newsletter,  and Publisher of Oncology News Australia and The Oncology Network.

With a background in oncology communications and academic publishing, Rachael is happiest sitting behind the mic chatting to interesting people about the impact their work makes in oncology.

Connect with us on Twitter here: @OncologyNewsAus


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