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.

Cancer type:

Breast cancer





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 quality of life Open a glossary item. This study will monitor the health and well being of a large number of women with breast cancer before, during and after cancer treatment. The team will collect information about common problems such as sleep problems, severe tiredness (fatigue), anxiety, coping, depression and pain.

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

Trial design

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.

Hospital visits

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

Side effects

There are no known risks or disadvantages with taking part in this study, and completing the study tasks should not cause you any distress.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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.

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

Chief Investigator

Dr Leanne Fleming

Supported by

Breast Cancer Campaign
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)

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Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 7778

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

Harriet wanted to try new treatments

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“I was keen to go on a clinical trial. I wanted to try new cancer treatments and hopefully help future generations.”

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