"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 genetics of skin cancer
The main treatment for skin cancer is surgery. After surgery your doctor may suggest other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Doctors are always looking for ways to improve treatments. To do this they need to understand more about how cancers start and what causes them to grow.
The researchers will collect samples of tissue and blood from people diagnosed with skin cancer of the head and neck. They will use these samples to
- Identify changes in genes that may have caused the cancer
- Identify how the body’s immune system responds to the cancer
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this study if you have a skin cancer on your head or neck and are having surgery to remove it at the Southampton University Hospitals Trust or Poole Hospital Foundation Trust.
This study will recruit 1,000 people. You fill in a questionnaire before your surgery. This will take about 30 minutes. All the information is
The researchers will ask for a sample of tissue taken when you have surgery to remove your cancer. If there is more tissue than needed, they will ask your permission to store it so they can use it for future research.
They will also take a blood sample before surgery and another 3 months after your surgery.
The researchers don’t anticipate any extra visits. They will try to take the blood samples at your routine hospital visits.
The researchers don’t anticipate any side effects if you agree to take part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Emma King
Cancer Research UK
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
University of Southampton