Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study looking at stem cells in samples of normal skin and cancer stem cells in samples of non melanoma skin cancer
This is a study to learn more about stem cells in normal skin and cancer stem cells in non melanoma skin cancer.
More about this trial
Researchers know that a small number of cells called stem cells are responsible for maintaining normal healthy skin. Researchers involved in this study have found that skin cancers also contain stem cells. And they think that these cancer stem cells are responsible for cancer growth.
The researchers want to learn more about stem cells in healthy skin and cancer stem cells in non melanoma skin cancer. They will do this by looking at samples of skin usually thrown away after surgery. They will aslo look at some blood samples.
Taking part in this study will not affect the treatment you have.
Who can enter
You may be asked to take part in this study if you are having surgery to your skin.
If you agree to take part, the researchers will study samples of your skin that would usually be thrown away after surgery.
50 people will also be asked to have a blood test. This is a small sample of up to 10 ml (about 1/2 a tablespoon). The researchers will look at the blood and skin samples together to learn more about differences in the stem cells.
Taking part in this study does not involve any extra hospital visits. And it will not change the surgery you have.
You might have some bruising and discomfort where you have the blood test.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Girish K Patel
Cancer Research UK
Health and Care Research Wales
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer