“I was keen to go on a clinical trial. I wanted to try new cancer treatments and hopefully help future generations.”
A study looking at how breast cancer affects well being and quality of life
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is following women with recently diagnosed breast cancer over the course of a year to learn more about their heath and well being during this time.
We know that many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a range of symptoms that can affect their general wellbeing and
Not everyone will develop all of these symptoms. What the team are interested in is which symptoms develop in which women, and when. This will give health professionals important information about when and how they can best support patients after diagnosis. They hope that this will lead to improved services for cancer patients to manage symptoms and maintain a good quality of life.
Who can enter
You can enter this study if you are a woman and you
- Live in the area covered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
- Have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 6 months
- Are due to start, or have started a course of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy
You cannot enter this study if you
- Have a confused mental state
- Have a mental health condition that is a cause for concern
- Have a history of drug misuse
- Have any sleep disorder apart from difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- Are taking part in another study or trial looking at the mind and how it works
This study will recruit 250 women.
If you would like to join the study, the team will ask you to take part in a short interview with the researcher, to make sure the study is suitable for your situation.
Everyone who is suitable to take part will complete a number of questionnaires. These questionnaires will ask you about different areas of your health and general wellbeing. You will also complete a short, computer based task. The team are interested in finding out more about your health and wellbeing in the first year after your diagnosis.
You will take part in the study for between 6 to 12 months, depending on when you join.
You will have your interview with the researcher to see if you are suitable for the study when you come to the hospital for one of your routine clinic appointments. But if you prefer, the researcher can visit you at home.
You can then either complete the rest of the study tasks when you come to hospital for your clinic appointments, or at home. If you complete them at home you can either do this by post, be given access to use a secure online system from your home, or the researcher can visit you at home. The study tasks include
- Completing an assessment of your sleep (2 minutes), once a month for as long as you are in the study
- Filling out a set of questionnaires on your general health and well being (30 minutes) at the start of the study and then every 3 months for as long as you are in the study
- Doing a simple task on the computer (5 minutes) at the start of the study and then every 3 months for as long as you are in the study
There are no known risks or disadvantages with taking part in this study, and completing the study tasks should not cause you any distress.
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 Leanne Fleming
Breast Cancer Campaign
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)