A study to help detect lung cancer earlier

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

Lung cancer





This study is looking at a way to help increase the detection of early lung cancer.

Doctors often diagnose lung cancer at a late stage. The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance it may be cured. Even if not cured, people may have a better chance of living longer.

When people have new and ongoing chest symptoms, like a cough or shortness of breath, GPs do a chest X-ray to see if there is anything abnormal, before referring them to a specialist.

The researchers are using advertisements and education programmes to highlight the importance of having a chest X-ray. They are asking people with chest symptoms that have gone on for longer than 3 weeks to have a chest X-ray done.

The aim of this study is to see if this can increase the number of people coming forward to have a chest X-ray.

Who can enter

You can enter this trial if you are living in Leeds and

  • Have symptoms that have lasted for more than 3 weeks, such as a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, weight loss or hoarse voice
  • Are at least 50 years old

You cannot enter this trial if you

  • Have had a chest X-ray in the past 3 months

Trial design

This study allows for people living in Leeds to go for a chest X-ray without going to their GP first. This is called a self-referral chest X-ray service. The Seacroft Hospital and St George’s Centre, Middleton provides this service.

You go to one of these centres and the staff will ask you to fill in a questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you about yourself, any chest symptoms you have and if you smoke. This will help the staff decide if you need a chest X-ray.

Your GP will have the results of the X-ray within 2 weeks. You need to contact them to find out the results.

Hospital visits

You present yourself at the hospital to have the chest X-ray.

You may need extra visits to the hospital depending on the results of your X-ray. The hospital will contact you if this is the case.

Side effects

There are no side effects from having an X-ray.

You receive a small amount of radiation from having a chest X-ray. This is about the same as you receive every 3 days from the natural sources around you.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Dr Mat Callister

Supported by

National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI)
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Questions about cancer? Contact our information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 8356

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

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"I am glad that taking part in a trial might help others on their own cancer journey.”

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