Opportunities - Patient Experience of Lung Cancer: A Qualitative Study

Patient Experience of Lung Cancer: A Qualitative Study

University of Calgary



Understanding patient experience is necessary to provide high-quality person-centered care as well as improve care and service delivery.

The Person-centered Radiation Oncology Service Enhancement (PROSE) program is a radiation oncology department-wide initiative aiming to improve the care patients receive, specific to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC). One key finding from a previous PROSE team patient experience study indicated that lung patients consistently reported the least positive experiences across their radiation therapy encounters compared to other tumour groups, even though patients of all tumour sites are exposed to the same clinical system during radiotherapy. Certain tumour groups, including breast, prostate, and gastrointestinal (GI), reported the most favorable patient experiences overall. Generally, patients diagnosed with GI cancer tend to experience similar diagnostic testing and processes with lung cancer as well as occurrence in both sexes.

Although some important factors of patient experience are identified in the literature for individuals with lung cancer, there still lacks specific indications as to why patients with lung cancer often report less favorable patient experiences compared to other tumor groups. The existing literature does not help us to understand what the PROSE program can do to specifically improve the experiences of patients with lung cancer in the radiation department.

This qualitative study  aims to better understand the experiences of TBCC patients with lung cancer undergoing radiotherapy and the underlying reasons why they may experience the clinical cancer care system differently from other tumour groups. Semi-structured interviews will help in obtaining more precise data from patients to better understand their complex experiences, including their cancer diagnosis and treatment, the care they received, as well as highlighting challenges they experienced.

This participant opportunity is looking for patients 18 years and older, diagnosed with lung cancer and/or gastrointestinal cancer and receiving/received radiotherapy at the Tom Baker Cancer Center (TBCC). Patients will participate in a one hour interview on their experiences with their cancer care.


Roles and Responsibilities

Patients will participate in a one hour interview on their experiences with their cancer care at the Tom Baker Cancer Center (TBCC). Interviews will be one-on-one, over the phone or online.

Time Commitment

One time interview, 1 hour long.



A gift card will be provided as a thank you.


For more information or to apply please contact:

Demetra Yannitsos