A study looking at a way of reducing distress caused by treatment for leukaemia in children

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

Cancer type:

Blood cancers
Children's cancers





This is a study to see if workshops specially designed for children having treatment for leukaemia can reduce stress and improve quality of life for children and their families.

The trial is for children between 7 and 12 years old. We use the term ‘you’ in this summary, but of course if, you are a parent, we are referring to your child.

Treatment for leukaemia Open a glossary item lasts for a long time and can cause a lot of side effects. This can be very stressful for you and your family.

In this study, researchers have developed 4 workshops where they use puzzles and games to explain leukaemia and its treatment. They hope that this will help children and their families to feel less anxious about their treatment. They want to see if taking part in the workshops improves your quality of life Open a glossary item.

Who can enter

You may be asked to join this study if you

  • Have been diagnosed with leukaemia in the last 5 years and have had treatment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Are between 7 and 12 years old

Trial design

The study will recruit 120 children. Everybody taking part will attend a workshop once a week for 4 weeks. The workshops are all designed for children, but the last one will include parents as well.

The study is randomised. You are put into 1 of 2 groups. Neither you, nor the study team can decide which group you are in.

Children in 1 group start the workshops straight away. Children in the other group wait for about 4 months before starting the workshops.

If you start the workshops straight away, the researchers will ask you and your parents to fill in some questionnaires at the beginning of the study and then after 4 weeks, 12 weeks and 6 months. The questionnaires will ask how you are, and how anxious you and your parents are feeling.

If you are in the group who start the workshops later, there will be an extra questionnaire after you finish the workshops.

All the information collected is confidential Open a glossary item. It will not be possible to identify you in any results from the study.

Hospital visits

You will have 4 extra hospital visits to go to the workshops. They last about 2 hours each time. You will get the questionnaires by post.

Side effects

There are no side effects from taking part in this study.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Dr Guy Makin

Supported by

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
University of Sheffield

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 8416

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

Charlie took part in a trial to try new treatments

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“I think it’s really important that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”

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