A study looking at symptoms which could be caused by cancer coming back after treatment

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

Cancer type:

Bowel (colorectal) cancer
Breast cancer
Lung cancer
Prostate cancer





This study is looking at the sort of symptoms that make people who have previously had cancer go to see their family doctor (GP).

After treatment for cancer of the breast, lung, prostate or bowel, you have follow up appointments with your specialist doctor. But after a few years, if you remain well, these appointments may stop. After that, you are encouraged to go to your GP if you have any new symptoms, or if you are worried about anything.

New symptoms may be caused by the cancer coming back or spreading somewhere else in the body (a recurrence Open a glossary item). But they could also be caused by something else entirely.

In this study, the researchers are looking back at the medical notes of people who have had symptoms some time after treatment for cancer. They will look at the medical notes of people whose cancer had come back as well as people whose symptoms were caused by something else. They will look at the type of symptoms that people had. And for those with a cancer recurrence, they will look at the time that passed between them first going to their doctor and finding out that their cancer had come back.

The aim of the trial is to look for common symptoms of cancer recurrence. This may help doctors in the future to spot the signs that cancer may have come back.

Please note - you will not get any direct benefit from taking part in this study and it will not affect your treatment in anyway.

Who can enter

You can enter this trial if you have had treatment for breast, lung, prostate or bowel cancer in the past, and you are registered with one of the GPs involved in this study in the Devon Primary Care Trust.

You cannot volunteer to take part in this study. Your GP practice will send you a letter asking you to take part.

Trial design

With your permission, the study team will look at your medical notes.

They will compare the medical notes of people whose cancer had come back and people who had symptoms but had not had a recurrence of cancer.

All the information collected will be kept confidential Open a glossary item.

Hospital visits

You will not have to make any hospital visits if you take part in this study.

Side effects

This study does not involve any treatment, so there are no side effects from taking part.

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 Peter Rose

Supported by

NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University of Oxford

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 4034

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

Over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials in the UK last year.

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