A study looking at a health assessment for people with early breast cancer (FABIO)

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

Cancer type:

Breast cancer





This study is looking at a series of questionnaires (assessments) to see if they might one day help doctors predict future fitness levels and likely side effects in people having treatment for breast cancer.

As people are living longer, more older people are being diagnosed with cancer and being assessed for different cancer treatments. A greater number of older patients are having surgery and being considered for treatments such as chemotherapy. But doctors can sometimes find it hard to predict who is going to cope well with treatment.

The aim of this study is to see if assessments that measure general health and fitness can predict future health in patients over 70 with early breast cancer. The researchers also want to find ways of predicting who may have treatment side effects.

You will not get any direct benefit from taking part in this study, and it will not change your treatment plan in any way.  But the results of the study will be used to help people with cancer in the future.

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this study if

  • You have breast cancer that has spread beyond the layer of tissue in which it developed and is growing into surrounding, healthy tissues (invasive breast cancer)
  • Your breast cancer has not spread beyond nearby lymph nodes Open a glossary item
  • Your breast cancer can be removed with surgery
  • You are at least 70 years old

You cannot enter this study if you

Trial design

This study will recruit 350 people.  Everyone taking part will complete a series of assessments over the telephone

  • When you join the study
  • After you finish your cancer treatment
  • 1, 2, 5, 10 and 15 years after this

The assessments you complete when you join the study will take about 20 minutes altogether. The rest will take about 10 minutes.  They will cover

  • Your physical and mental health
  • How you are coping with daily activities
  • How well you can understand and remember things
  • How well you are managing to eat and drink

Although this study is done over the phone, you can arrange to see one of the study team if you need to.

Hospital visits

You complete all the study assessments over the phone.  If this is not possible for any reason, you would meet with someone from the study team at your next routine appointment.

Side effects

You will not have any side effects from taking part in this study.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

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Chief Investigator

Dr Alistair Ring

Supported by

Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust Cancer Charitable Fund
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 9352

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

Deborah wanted to help other breast cancer patients in the future

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“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."

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