About Blood/Lymphatic System
Blood, the body’s fluid transportation system, is pumped by the heart through a network of arteries, veins, and capillaries. Blood is a mixture of red and white blood cells and platelets within liquid plasma that brings nutrition and oxygen to cells, carries infection-fighting cells throughout the body, flushes away waste, and clots at the site of injury to stop bleeding. Blood disorders and diseases can have many serious impacts, such as the inadequate oxygen delivery caused by anemia or the clotting problems hemophilia causes. Some types of cancer, such as leukemia and myeloma, primarily affect blood. Similar to blood, lymph is a fluid that carries cells throughout the body. The lymphatic system is a major part of the immune system; lymph carries disease-fighting antibodies and lymph nodes filter out foreign cells. When battling an infection, lymph nodes can become painful and swollen, or even clogged. By studying these two systems, researchers hope to unlock new treatments and prevention approaches for a range of diseases.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
Experiences of Men with Cancer - Questionnaire
Are you an adult male with a past or current cancer diagnosis? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand how men with cancer stand up for themselves (called “self-advocacy”). Involves completing questionnaires (paper or online) that will take about 30-45 minutes. Compensation provided.
Experiences of Return-to-Work in Registered Nurses with Cancer
Are you a nurse who has been treated for cancer? You may be able to participate in a study about your return-to-work experiences. Participation involves completing a 10-15 minute questionnaire and a 90-120 minute focus group interview. Compensation is provided.
Prescription Opioid and Chronic Pain Stigma in Cancer Survivors Study
Did you complete treatment for cancer at least 6 months ago and are still experiencing pain? You may be able to participate in a study to better understand chronic pain and opioid stigma in cancer survivors. Participation consists of one interview that takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, followed by a brief demographic questionnaire. Compensation is provided.
Are you currently receiving chemo for cancer at UPMC? Do you have a smartphone? You may be able to participate in a study to monitor symptoms during chemotherapy using smartphones and Fitbits. Participation involves installing study apps on your smartphone and completing daily questionnaires for 90 days. Compensation is provided.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
The VWD-Woman Study
Do you have von Willebrand disease and are pregnant? You may be able to participate in a study to examine the effectiveness of two different approaches to reduce blood loss at delivery. Participation involves 5 visits over 8 weeks. Compensation is provided.