Patricia Spears is a 20-year breast cancer survivor and cancer research advocate. She has extensive clinical trial advocacy experience serving as an advocate on the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Breast Cancer Steering Committee. She is associate group chair for advocacy of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (a National Clinical Trial Network group) as well as chair of the Alliance Patient Advocate Committee. She is a member of the NCI Core Correlative Science Committee and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) patient representative. She has been involved in several FDA/American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Breast Cancer Drug Development Workshops, including the Neoadjuvant Breast Cancer Workshop and the Next Generation Oncology Trials Breast Cancer Workshop. She has been an advocate research grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Duke Cancer Institute cancer protocol committee and is currently an ASCO Young Investigator Award reviewer.


Spears leads the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Patient Research Advocacy Group and the UNC Breast SPORE Advocates. At UNC she focuses on communicating science and clinical research to the public and facilitating the engagement of patients with basic and clinical researchers. She also has an interest in patient reported outcome measurements in drug development. She is currently working as a scientific research manager and patient advocate at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Twitter @paspears88