Song Receives $2.95M in R01 & R21 Grants to Assist Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Partners

Congratulations to Associate Professor Lixin Song, PhD, RN, who was awarded nearly $3 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research and the National Cancer Institute to assist patients and their partners who are dealing with prostate cancer.

With her $2.584 million R01 grant from NINR, Song will study the Efficacy of a Couple-Focused, Tailored, Symptom Self-Management mHealth Intervention for Prostate Cancer Patients and their Partners.

The randomized clinical trial will test the usefulness of an innovative web-based program, Prostate Cancer Education & Resources for Couples (PERC), tailored to the needs of men of diverse backgrounds who have recently been diagnosed localized prostate cancer, along with their intimate partners. The program is designed to improve both their knowledge and skills for managing their treatment symptoms and their quality of life.

The study will address the unmet supportive care needs of men who transition from active treatment for localized prostate cancer to post-treatment self-management at home, as well as the care of their intimate partners who are often their primary caregivers. This study meets the NINR’s goal to develop and test strategies to help patients and their caregivers better manage their illness and improve their quality of life. It likewise responds to calls from the Institute of Medicine and the American Cancer Society for programs to address treatment-related effects and help cancer survivors maintain their quality of life.

With her $364K R21 grant from NCI, Song will study Enhancing Survivorship Care Planning for Patients with Localized Prostate Cancer Using a Couple-Focused Web-based Tailored Symptom Self Management Program.

This project will test the feasibility of adding PERC to survivorship care plans and test the initial benefits for men treated for newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer and their partners. Using survivorship care plans as a delivery vehicle for the PERC program will smooth the referral and uptake of PERC during survivorship care planning for a large number of patients and partners transitioning to post-treatment symptom self-management at a low cost. The project responds to the National Institute for Health’s mission to seek the application of the knowledge about the nature and behaviors of living systems to enhance health and reduce illness, as well as calls for programs from the Institute of Medicine and American Cancer Society to address treatment-related effects and help cancer survivors and their families to maintain quality of life.

Well done, Dr. Song!

NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (1R01NR016990 – 01A1) Song (PI) 09/25/17-06/30/22 Funding: $2,583,736 “Efficacy of a Couple-focused, Tailored, Symptom Self-Management mHealth Intervention for Prostate Cancer Patients and Partners”

NIH National Cancer Institute (R21-CA212516-01) Song (PI) 12/1/16-11/30/18 Funding: $363,660 “Enhancing Survivorship Care Planning for Patients with Localized Prostate Cancer Using a Couple-Focused Web-based Tailored Symptom Self Management Program”