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Overview of the North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP)

The North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP) is a multidisciplinary population-based case-only study designed to address racial differences in prostate cancer through a comprehensive evaluation of social, individual and tumor level influences on prostate cancer aggressiveness. PCaP enrolled approximately equal numbers of African Americans and Caucasian Americans with newly diagnosed prostate cancer from Louisiana and North Carolina. The primary goals of the study are to investigate the factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in the population as a whole, and compare risk factors for aggressive prostate cancer between the two racial groups. Geographic differences in aggressive prostate cancer within racial groups will also be evaluated to see if differences in race-specific prostate cancer mortality rates between North Carolina and Louisiana (specifically, higher mortality rates for African Americans in North Carolina (NC) versus Louisiana (LA), and higher mortality rates for Caucasian Americans in Louisiana versus North Carolina) can be explained.

There have been three PCaP follow-up studies: HCaP-NC, Q-PCaP, Financial Toxicity