A study looking at stem cells in samples of normal skin and cancer stem cells in samples of non melanoma skin cancer

Cancer type:

Non melanoma skin cancer
Skin cancer

Status:

Open

Phase:

Other

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.

Trial design

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. 

Hospital visits

Taking part in this study does not involve any extra hospital visits. And it will not change the surgery you have.

Side effects

You might have some bruising and discomfort where you have the blood test.

Location

Cardiff
Llanelli

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

Dr Girish K Patel

Supported by

Cancer Research UK
Cardiff University
Health and Care Research Wales
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer

Questions about cancer? Contact our information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

11909

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

Wendy took part in a new trial studying the possible side effect of hearing loss

A picture of Wendy

"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”

Last reviewed:

Rate this page:

No votes yet
Thank you!
We've recently made some changes to the site, tell us what you think

Share this page