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 to learn more about cancer of the pancreas
This study is looking at tissue samples to find out more about how pancreatic cancer develops.
Cancer of the pancreas is often diagnosed when it is quite advanced and difficult to treat. Researchers want to learn more about why pancreatic cancer starts and what helps it to grow. To do this, they need to collect samples of tissue from people who have pancreatic cancer and from people who don’t.
In this study, they will study samples of pancreatic tissue removed during surgery. This may be surgery for pancreatic cancer, or for another disease affecting your pancreas such as
The aim of the study is to learn more about pancreatic cancer. You will not benefit directly from taking part and it will not affect the treatment you have. But a better understanding of how pancreatic cancer develops may lead to better treatments in the future.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you
- Are having surgery to your pancreas either for pancreatic cancer, or for another condition
- Are having your operation at Southampton University Hospitals Trust
The researchers will keep a sample of pancreatic tissue removed during surgery. They will use the sample to study pancreatic cells, the messages they send between them and the
There are no extra hospital visits. You can give the extra blood sample when you are in hospital to have your surgery or at your pre-assessment appointment.
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.
Professor Gareth Thomas
Dr David Fine
Dr Jo Tod
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
University of Southampton