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 how people with cancer of the larynx make decisions about treatment
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at how people with cancer of the voice box (larynx) make decisions about what treatment to have. The study is also open to people with other types of cancer affecting the head and neck because they make similar decisions about what treatment to have.
There are a number of ways doctors can treat cancer of the voice box. The side effects of these treatments can change the way you speak and swallow. Deciding which treatment to have can be difficult.
In this study the researchers will tell people who have had treatment for head and neck cancer about different treatments, side effects and outcomes. They will ask them to rate them and choose which situation they would prefer.
The aim of the study is to find out how treatment side effects and outcomes may affect a person’s decision about which treatment to have for a head and neck cancer.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you
- Are going to a cancer clinic at Newcastle or Sunderland and have previously had treatment for a
squamous cell cancerof the head and neck
- Are over 45 years old
You cannot enter this trial if
- Your head and neck cancer has come back in the past 6 months
- You have had another cancer in the past 6 months
- You have very bad eyesight
This study will recruit 65 people.
The researcher will arrange to see you either at the hospital or in your home. They will ask you some questions about what your health is like at the moment. They will then explain some problems that people with cancer of the voice box may have after treatment. And ask you what you think about them.
They will also ask if you would like to see pictures of people who have had treatment for cancer of the voice box. You don’t have to look at them if you don’t want to.
The researchers will then tell you about different health situations regarding treatment and side effects.
They will ask you to put a value on each situation and then choose which one you would prefer.
This will take about an hour.
You may need to go to the hospital once to see the researcher.
The researchers don’t anticipate any side effects from taking part. But it may remind you about any health problems and difficult experiences you had when having treatment.
If this happens you can ask to stop at anytime.
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.
Professor Janet Wilson
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
NIHR Fellowships Programme
University of Newcastle