A study to understand more about the experiences and support needs of people with melanoma and their carers (UNITI)

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

Cancer type:

Skin cancer





This study is looking at the support needs that people affected by melanoma have at different times.

Treatment for melanoma can include surgery, immunotherapy Open a glossary item, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Having different treatments over many months or years can lead to physical, emotional and financial difficulties for people with melanoma, and for their carers Open a glossary item.

In this study, researchers want to learn more about the support that patients and carers might need over time. They will interview patients, carers and health care professionals.

The aim of the study is to learn more about the experiences of people with melanoma and the type of support that they and their carers need at different times.

You will not benefit directly from taking part in this study, but the information gathered may help to improve the experience of people affected by melanoma in the future.

Who can enter

You may be invited to take part in this study if you

  • Have been diagnosed with melanoma in the last 3 months and are being treated at Weston Park Hospital or Royal Hallamshire Hospital
  • Are over 16 years of age

Trial design

If you agree to take part, you will have up to 10 interviews with the study team. The first one takes place shortly after you join the study. The next ones are 3 months, 6 months and 12 months later. After that, you have an interview every 6 months for up to 3 years. If you have any further treatment for melanoma, the study team will also ask you to have an interview at that time.

During the interviews, the study team will ask about your experience of being treated for melanoma and how it has affected you. With your permission, they will make audio recordings of the interviews. They will also ask your permission to look at your medical notes.

All the information you provide is confidential Open a glossary item and it will not be possible to identify you in any results from the study.

As part of this study, the researchers want to interview carers to hear about their experiences and get their views. With your permission, they will invite whoever is most involved with your care at home to take part. This could be a relative, friend or someone else. The study team will give them some information about the study. If your carer agrees to take part, you may choose to have your interviews together or separately.

After 6 months, the study team will ask you to nominate a health care professional who you feel has helped you. This could be a nurse, a doctor, a complementary therapist or another professional. They will interview the health care professional when you nominate them and again at the end of the study.

If you agree, the study team may contact you after the interviews to ask if you would like to help them make recommendations for the care of people with melanoma in the future.  But this is optional and you may choose not to do this if you don’t want to.

Hospital visits

The interviews last about an hour each time. They take place somewhere convenient for you. This could be in your home or at Weston Park Hospital.

Side effects

Taking part in this study does not affect your treatment in any way, but talking about your experiences may be upsetting.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Joanne Bird

Supported by

NIHR Fellowships Programme
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University of Sheffield
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Questions about cancer? Contact our information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 11417

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Cara took part in a clinical trial

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"I am glad that taking part in a trial might help others on their own cancer journey.”

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