Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with more than 20,000 men diagnosed annually. Currently in Australia, 1 in 7 men are estimated to be diagnosed with prostate cancer by age 75 and 1 in 5 by age 85.
As our population ages and more effective treatments emerge, the number of men in our community, and their families living with the consequences of prostate cancer is set to dramatically increase. There are currently estimated to be 120,000 Australian men living with prostate cancer and this is expected to increase to 267,000 by 2017.
More research is needed to discover ways of improving the quality of life of those affected by prostate cancer, and this is where you can help.
What is Pathfinder?
Pathfinder is a national online register established as a joint initiative of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Griffith University for men and women interested in participating in research into improving the health and lives of people post prostate cancer treatment.
Most importantly, Pathfinder will save researchers valuable time recruiting participants for their projects, freeing up more time to spend on vital research. Registration is free and all your personal details are kept completely confidential.
Who developed and runs Pathfinder?
Pathfinder is a national online register established as a joint initiative of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Griffith University. Each organisation brings different and complementary expertise to the initiative.
PCFA is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. It is dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community.
Griffith University is a top 10 Australian research organisation with nationally and internationally recognized expertise in prostate cancer survivorship research.
How Pathfinder works
Register to become a member
To register to become a member of Pathfinder, we will ask you to fill in a very brief questionnaire to provide us with some information about yourself, including basic information such as your name, date of birth and contact details. This information will be kept strictly confidential. By registering with us, you are simply agreeing to receive information about research that we are looking for people to participate in. It is completely up to you what you choose to participate in.
You can register here
We’ll contact you by email when an approved research project is seeking participants and ask you if you’d like to take part. If you are interested in the project, we will supply your contact details to the relevant researcher who will get in touch with some additional information. You may also have some questions to ask and this is your opportunity to do so to ensure that the project is right for you.
All projects offered through the register will have been through PCFA’s rigorous screening process. For more information about the research approval process, please see the Researchers’ Area.
Our research covers the physical, psychosocial, and financial issues of cancer, beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases and includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also included in our research.