Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study looking at genes in cancer cells of the food pipe (oesophagus) and stomach
This study is looking at a new way of testing the genes in cells of cancer of the food pipe (oesophagus) and stomach cancer.
Doctors can use chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery or a combination of these to treat oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer. The treatment the doctor chooses depends on the size of the cancer and how far it has grown. But doctors cannot tell who will respond to treatment. And they are always looking for ways to improve treatment.
Doctors now have a way of looking at a very large number of
In this study, researchers will look at the genes in a large number of oesophageal and stomach cancers. The aim is to see if this will help them to work out who is most likely to benefit from certain treatments.
Please note you won’t get any direct benefit from taking part in this study but your taking part may help others in the future.
Who can enter
You can enter this study if
- You have oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer
- Your cancer can be removed with surgery
You cannot enter this study if you have another cancer.
This study will recruit up to 400 people.
Before starting treatment you will have an endoscopy to assess your cancer. During the endoscopy the doctor will take a small piece of tissue (biopsy) from your cancer. The doctor will send part of this to the researchers. The researchers will look at the genes in the cancer cells.
You may have another endoscopy 12 weeks after starting treatment to assess your response to treatment. If you do, your doctor will take another biopsy and send it to the researchers.
If you are to have surgery to remove your cancer, the surgeon will take another biopsy of your cancer during the surgery and send it to the researchers to look at.
You will be asked to give some blood samples when you have your biopsy, surgery and if your treatment is changed. The researchers will use these to find out more about oesophageal cancer. You don't have to agree to give the blood samples, you can still take part in the study.
There are no extra hospital visits if you take part in this study.
There are no side effects to taking part in the study.
There are possible complications (which are rare) from the endoscopy and biopsy which will be discussed with you by the doctor performing the endoscopy.
You can find more information about an endoscopy on CancerHelp UK.
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.
Prof David Cunningham
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust