“I think it’s really important that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study looking at why some cancers are diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This is a study to learn more about how and why cancer is sometimes diagnosed after people are admitted to hospital as an emergency. The number of people diagnosed in this way is particularly high in London and researchers want to understand more about why this happens.
In this study, they are interviewing people who have been diagnosed with cancer after going into hospital as an emergency.
The researchers hope that the information they collect will help to develop cancer services in the future.
Who can enter
You may be invited to join this study if you
- Have been diagnosed with cancer after an emergency admission to one of the hospitals involved in the study in London or Essex
- Are at least 18 years old
You cannot enter this study if you are too unwell to take part in an interview.
People diagnosed with cancer at a number of hospitals in London and Essex are being asked to fill in a questionnaire. The questionnaire asks if you would be willing to take part in an interview. The researchers plan to interview about 40 people.
If you agree to an interview, a researcher will ask questions about
- What led to you going into hospital as an emergency
- What you think of the care you’ve had
There are no right or wrong answers. They just want to hear about your experience.
All the information you provide is
This study is part of a wider evaluation of services. The researchers want to understand more about why some people who have symptoms that could be due to cancer are admitted to hospital as an emergency before their cancer is diagnosed . This will involve looking at people's medical notes to learn more about any symptoms they had beforehand that they had been to see their GP about.
The interview is likely to take place at the hospital when you are there for another appointment. It will take 45 minutes to an hour and will be at a time that is convenient for you.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study. You may find the interview upsetting, but you can have a break at any time if you want to.
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.
Dr Georgia Black
Department of Health
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
University College London (UCL)