Research Manager, Patient Advocates for Research Council
Office of Clinical & Translational Research in Oncology
Patty Spears provides scientific leadership and guidance to advance OCTR translational trials and data management of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology breast cancer research trials. Patty also provides advocacy leadership for UNC Lineberger, including leadership of the Patient Advocates for Research Council and is a part of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. Patty hopes to combine her scientific research and patient research advocacy experience to have an impact on the local and national fight against breast cancer.
News and Stories
American Society of Clinical Oncology honors Spears with Patient Advocate Award
The American Society of Clinical Oncology and Conquer Cancer recognized UNC Lineberger’s Patty Spears with its Patient Advocate Award, the society’s highest honor, at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting.
Using telehealth to regularly report symptoms improved overall well-being for patients with advanced cancer
Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO, reports that people with advanced cancer who reported their symptoms weekly using an electronic survey had better outcomes compared to those who were evaluated less frequently via in-person clinical visits.
Patient thrives after breast cancer with extensive support system
Early detection, caring doctors, family support and a community of survivors helped make a difference in Rachel Lezcano's battle with breast cancer.
UNC Lineberger faculty present at leading national cancer research meeting
UNC Lineberger clinicians and scientists shared their research findings at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting in Chicago.