A study looking at rehabilitation for women with gynaecological cancer

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

Cervical cancer
Ovarian cancer
Vaginal cancer
Vulval cancer
Womb (uterine or endometrial) cancer





This study is looking at 2 planned rehabilitation sessions for women with gynaecological cancers.

Following treatment for a gynaecological cancer, some women may have long term physical, social or emotional difficulties. These difficulties can affect their health and quality of life possibly reducing their ability to return to the life they had before.  The rehabilitation Open a glossary item services offered at a hospital or in their community can help them to cope with these difficulties.

At the moment doctors refer people to the rehabilitation services  when a problem arises. The researchers think that having planned rehabilitation sessions may better. To find this out they want to use a tool to identify any possible difficulties people may have and develop a plan of action to address them.

The aim of this study is to find out if having 2 planned rehabilitation sessions can help women with gynaecological cancers return to as normal life as possible.

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this trial if you go to a gynaecological clinic at the Royal Marsden Hospital and you

  • Have a gynaecological cancer that has not spread (stage 1,2 or 3) – your doctor can confirm this
  • Had your main treatment at The Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Have reported physical or psychological or social difficulties as a result of your cancer or treatment and are willing to talk about them
  • Are at least 18 years old

You cannot enter this trial if you

  • Have a gynaecological cancer that has spread to another part of your body
  • Are unable to understand the purpose of the study

Trial design

This is a pilot study.  It will recruit 150 people.  It is a randomised study.  You will be put into 1 of 2 groups.  The researchers will phone you and tell you which group you are in.

For women in group 1 who have any need for rehabilitation, a healthcare professional, family member or themselves can make a referral in the usual way.

Women in group 2 have 2 appointments with a member of the research team. Before the first appointment they will post a screening tool to you, called a ‘Distress (Concerns) Thermometer’.  This is a picture of a thermometer on which you mark the levels of any distress or worries  you may have. This can include practical, family, emotional, spiritual or religious and physical concerns.  You then discuss your concerns and what you might be able to do about them with the researcher. You and the researcher put together a plan of action to help address these concerns. You keep a copy of the plan and another is kept in your medical notes.  At the 2nd appointment, you and the researcher review the action plan to see how it is going and change it if needed.

Everyone taking part in this trial will have 4 questionnaires to fill in.  You fill them in at the start of the study, after 3 months and then 6 months.  They ask about how you have been feeling, any symptoms you might have and what you are able to do. You fill them in at home and post them back in the pre paid envelopes provided.

Ten women  from group 2 will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the research team. They will ask your opinion of the 2 extra rehabilitation sessions and whether they have helped you. The research team will record the interview on tape so they can listen to it later and make sure they understand exactly what you mean.

Hospital visits

Each of the appointments with the researcher will take about an hour.  They take place in a quiet room in the Rehabilitation Department at the hospital.

Side effects

You may find some of the questions in the questionnaire difficult or tiring to answer.  You can contact the researchers if you need help.

If you feel you would like some more support, the researchers can refer you to your GP or the support services in the hospital.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Dr Clare Shaw

Supported by

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 8754

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