A study looking at developing a quality of life questionnaire for anal cancer

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

Cancer type:

Anal cancer





This study is looking at developing a quality of life questionnaire for people with anal cancer.

It is important to find out how the symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment affect people’s quality of life.  To do this, doctors ask people to fill in quality of life questionnaires.

At the moment, people with anal cancer may fill in a general questionnaire. But researchers would like to create a quality of life questionnaire specifically for anal cancer.

To begin with, they will ask people how anal cancer and its treatment has affected them. They want to find out more about quality of life issues that people with anal cancer have. The researchers aim to use this information to develop a quality of life questionnaire specifically for people with anal cancer.

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this study if you have anal cancer and are having (or have had) chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemoradiation). You need to be at least 18 or older in order to take part.

Trial design

If you agree to take part in this study, you have an interview with a researcher. They will ask you a few questions about yourself. They will then ask how your quality of life has been affected by cancer and its treatment. They would like you to tell them as much as you can about how your life has changed.

They will show you a general cancer quality of life questionnaire and ask if you think the questions are relevant to you, and if you think there is anything missing from the questionnaire.

The researcher will ask your permission to make an audio recording of the interview. The study team will also ask your permission to look at your medical notes to collect information about your disease and treatment.

All the information you give is confidential and it will not be possible to identify you in any results of the study.

Hospital visits

The interview will take place in a quiet room at the hospital. It will take up to an hour.

Side effects

There are no side effects from taking part in this study. You may find it distressing to talk about issues relating to your cancer. If you do become upset, you can stop the interview at any time.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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.

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

Chief Investigator

Mr C.D. Johnson

Supported by

European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

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Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 11199

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

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