"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study looking at the use of herbal medicines and dietary supplements by people with cancer
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at the type of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) that people with cancer use, and the potential risks and benefits.
Some people use CAMs alongside cancer treatment prescribed by their doctors. People may use CAMs to help with sickness caused by chemotherapy, tiredness (fatigue) and pain, or to improve their wellbeing. But some types of CAM may interact with other treatments or have side effects.
In this study, the researchers are looking particularly at the use of herbal medicines and dietary supplements. They hope to learn more about
- The types of CAMs that people with cancer are using
- The potential benefits of CAMs as well as the possible harm they can cause
- Possible interactions between herbal medicines and conventional cancer drugs prescribed by your doctor
The researchers hope that the results of the study will help with developing information for cancer patients about the possible risks and benefits of taking herbal medicines or dietary supplements.
Who can enter
You may be asked to join this study if you
- Have been diagnosed with cancer and are being cared for by doctors at a
cancer centreor a palliative careunit in the Thames Valley region
- Are able to speak, read and write English
- Are at least 18 years old
You won’t be asked to take part if your doctor thinks you are not well enough to do so.
The researchers aim to recruit up to 1,500 people. Staff at some hospitals and palliative care units in the Thames Valley region area are sending information about the study to all the people they are treating.
If you agree to take part, you fill out a questionnaire and send it back to the researchers. The questionnaire will ask about the medicine you currently take, whether you have ever taken any complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and your experiences of taking herbal medicines or dietary supplements.
Even if you don’t use any CAMs, it would be helpful for the researchers if you could let them know this on the questionnaire and send it back.
You don’t have to put your name on the questionnaire, but you can choose to give the researchers your contact details. If you do so, the study team will let you know if any herbal medicine you take could interact with drugs prescribed by your doctor.
The information you give is
It will take up to half an hour to complete the questionnaire. If you have never used any complementary or alternative medicines, it will only take a few minutes.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study.
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.
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