Designing Self-tracking Technology for Prostate Cancer Patients

This project was in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.  Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. Studies suggest that this cancer can recur even after successful treatment with radical prostatectomy. However, research also suggests that a lifestyle with a specific diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation may prevent the progression and recurrence of non-metastatic prostate cancer. Adopting this lifestyle often requires multiple health behavior changes. While health behavior change is well-explored in HCI, the current context differs from past work. 
In the first phase of this study, we provided prostate cancer patients with a website, text messages, and activity trackers to understand their experience with health behavior change interventions. Two focus group interviews conducted after the study revealed specific issues regarding these interventions. Based on the qualitative analysis of the interviews, we designed a phase 2 of the intervention for self-tracking diet and exercise behaviors of prostate cancer patients. The 2-year-long phase 2 study is still ongoing, and we are designing the tools based on semi-structured interviews conducted with the patients.


"I'm Done with Cancer. What am I Trying to Improve?": Understanding the Perspective of Prostate Cancer Patients to Support Multiple Health Behavior Change

Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Erin L. Van Blarigan, June M. Chan, Stacey A. Kenfield, Jason Wiese

PervasiveHealth, International Conference on Pervasive Computing, 2019 Apr 19, pp. 81-90