The word “advocate” comes from the Latin “ad” meaning “to” and “vocare” meaning “voice”: “to voice.” In the fight against cancer, patient advocates are those who act as a voice on behalf of cancer patients. “Advocates channel the passion they have for making a difference for cancer patients,” according to the Research Advocacy Network.
The Research Advocacy Network (RAN) is a nonprofit organization that advances patient-focused cancer research by fostering interaction among advocates, researchers, and related organizations. RAN embodies a simple yet paradigm-changing perspective. “Focus research on the patient and the patient’s needs, not on the research and the researcher’s needs.” RAN co-founder Mary Lou Smith said. “It’s all about hearing the patient’s voice.”
Since 2003, RAN has been “bringing the voice of the patient to research for better cancer care.” RAN advances genuinely patient-centered research by developing a network of advocates and researchers who influence cancer research – from initial concept to patient care delivery – through collaboration, education, and mutual support. RAN is quintessentially the patient advocate’s advocate. Read More