"I now know how cancer can strike anyone whatever their situation or circumstance. I hope by taking part in a trial it will help others in my position in the future.”
A study looking at a rehabilitation programme for men who have completed treatment for testicular cancer (RESTART)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is testing a 6 week programme to give men advice and support after treatment for testicular cancer. Cancer and treatment can have physical, psychological and financial effects. Of those who are able to return to work after treatment, many find they can’t do as much as they could before. But, despite this, most survivors of testicular cancer say they have a more positive outlook on life after their diagnosis. We also know from research that survivors of testicular cancer have a good
Programmes to support people after cancer treatment (rehabilitation programmes) may help them get back to normal again. But at the moment we have limited understanding of the needs of men with testicular cancer. Researchers in this study will run a rehabilitation programme for men who finished treatment to cure testicular cancer. It will give specialist advice and support about returning to work, finance, exercise, relationships and fertility.
There are no proven direct benefits for such a course for men with testicular cancer, but similar programmes have been helpful for people with other cancers. The aim of this pilot study is to test a rehabilitation programme for testicular cancer and use the results to improve the programme.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this study if you
- Can start the rehabilitation programme within 8 weeks of finishing treatment to cure your testicular cancer
- Can easily travel to the cancer centre where the programme is being run
- Are at least 16 years old
You cannot enter this study if
- Your doctor thinks your use of alcohol or drugs is a cause for concern
- You have difficulty learning, understanding and remembering information
- You are suffering mental or emotional distress, and your doctor thinks you would not be able to take part because of this
This pilot study will recruit 32 men. Everyone taking part will join a 6 week rehabilitation programme.
The 6 weekly sessions will cover
- Exercise sessions
- Back to work advice
- Coping, sexual health and fertility
- Nutritional advice
- Finance advice
During the 6 weeks you wear a small device on your belt that counts your steps (a pedometer), and record its readings in an exercise diary. Throughout the course, you fill out a number of questionnaires. The questionnaires will ask about your quality of life and any anxiety you may have. The study team will also measure your height and weight and assess your fitness level. They will ask you to bring shorts, T shirt and trainers to these 2 meetings.
After the 6 week course, the team will keep in touch with you by phone each month to find out the date you went back to work, school or college. They hope that you will be able to apply some of what you have learnt in your everyday life.
Throughout the study and afterwards, you continue to see your regular cancer specialist team.
The sessions will run at your cancer centre. You need to be able to travel to these sessions. The team will pay your travel expenses.
Although the exercise sessions will be run by experienced staff, there is always a risk of injury with any physical activity.
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 Jeff White
Macmillan Cancer Support
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer