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 people with head and neck cancer who have difficulties with eating and drinking
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at developing a way to help people adjust to eating and drinking problems caused by treatment for head and neck cancer.
People who have had treatment for head and neck cancer can often have problems with eating and drinking. How you think and feel about these problems may make it more difficult to overcome them.
The researchers want to talk to people who have difficulties with eating and drinking following treatment for their cancer. They also want to talk to someone they live with. They want to better understand the impact the difficulties with eating and drinking have on them and their family.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you
- Are attending the head and neck cancer clinic at the Sunderland or Newcastle cancer centres
- Had cancer treatment between 3 months and 4 years ago
- Have been referred to the speech and swallow therapist because of changes to your eating and drinking
The researchers will invite you to attend a group of 8 people to talk about changes to the way you eat and drink and how this has affected you.
They will also invite family members or partners of people with head and neck cancer to a separate group, to talk about how these changes have affected them. There will be about 8 people in the group.
The researchers will ask your permission to audio tape record these sessions.
The groups will take place at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and Sunderland Royal Hospital. They will take up to 2 hours.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study.
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 Joanne Patterson
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Sunderland Royal Hospital