"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study comparing hospital and telephone follow up after treatment for womb cancer (ENDCAT)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is comparing telephone calls with hospital visits as follow up for women who have had treatment for womb (endometrial) cancer.
After you finish treatment for womb cancer, you have follow up appointments so your doctor can see how you are getting on. These hospital visits can cause some anxiety and it is unlikely that they will pick up any signs of your cancer coming back if you don’t have any symptoms. If women do have problems after treatment, these are normally picked up by women themselves, or during routine tests.
Specially trained nurses called Clinical Nurse Specialists have the knowledge and skills to carry out follow up appointments. If they do this by phone, you don’t have to go to a busy outpatient clinic. In this study, researchers want to learn more about what women think of telephone follow up.
The aim of the study is to compare a telephone service offered by Clinical Nurse Specialists with hospital appointments as follow up after treatment for womb cancer.
Who can enter
You may be invited to enter this trial if you are having follow up at one of the hospitals involved in the study and you
- Were diagnosed with stage 1 womb cancer and have finished treatment
- Now have follow up appointments at an outpatient clinic
- Have access to a phone
You cannot enter this trial if you
- Were diagnosed with stage 2, 3 or 4 womb cancer
- Are currently having treatment
- Are taking part in another clinical trial
- Have hearing problems that make it difficult for you to use the phone
- Cannot speak or understand English
The study will recruit about 256 women in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The study is randomised. The women taking part are put into 1 of 2 groups by a computer. Neither you nor your doctor will be able to decide which group you are in.
Half the women continue to have hospital follow up appointments as planned. The other half have telephone appointments with a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Everybody taking part will continue to have any routine tests that their doctors think are necessary and have planned for them.
If you are in the group having telephone appointments, you will have as many as you would have had hospital appointments. The study team will give you an appointment card so that you know when the nurse will phone you.
The researchers will ask your permission to record the phone calls. You do not have to agree if you don’t want to. You can still take part in the study. The researchers may type up the details of the recording. You can have a copy if you want one. Your name and any other identifying details will be removed and all recordings will be deleted at the end of the study.
Everyone in the study will complete some questionnaires after the first hospital or telephone appointment and 6 months later. Some women will also complete them a year later. They will ask how you are feeling and how satisfied you felt with your follow up appointments.
The researchers will also ask your permission to look at your medical notes.
All the information you give will be
There will be no extra hospital visits. The study team will send the questionnaires to you by post with a prepaid envelope to for you to send them back.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Professor Kinta Beaver
NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University of Central Lancashire