A study to find out what people with cancer think about smoking

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

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This study wants to find out what people with cancer think about smoking and what their experience has been with smoking.  

A diagnosis of cancer can be very difficult, not only for the person but also for their family and friends.

We know that some people continue to smoke after a diagnosis of cancer and others don’t. The researchers want to understand more about why people decide to stop smoking or not.

They will interview smokers, and ex-smokers, who have cancer. And their close relatives, or friends, who also smoke or who stopped smoking recently.

The aim of this study is to find out what it is like for people who have cancer and smoke.

The researchers don’t expect you to change your smoking habits if you take part in the study.

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this study if you

  • Go to a cancer clinic at the Ninewells Hospital, Perth Royal Infirmary or the Forth Valley Royal Hospital
  • Have been diagnosed with cancer in the past 1½ years
  • Are a smoker, or stopped smoking, when you were diagnosed

If you are a relative, or friend, of someone who has had a diagnosis of cancer, and you smoke or recently stopped smoking you may be invited to take part. 

Trial design

The researchers will interview 25 to 30 people. They will ask you about your smoking and how this has affected your experience of cancer. They will also ask how your cancer diagnosis has affected your smoking.      

They will ask permission to audio tape the interview. This is so they can listen to it more carefully afterwards. You don’t have to agree to this if you don’t want to. You can still take part in the study.

The team will ask you to name a couple of family members, or friends, they may be able to interview. They need to be smokers, or people who have stopped smoking since your diagnosis. They want to interview 25-30 family members or friends.

As part of the study, the researchers will also interview 15 to 20 healthcare professionals.

Hospital visits

There are no hospital visits as part of this study.

The interview can take place in your own home, or another suitable place, at a time convenient to you. It will take about an hour.

Side effects

You may get a bit upset talking about your experience of being a smoker and about cancer. If you do you can ask to stop the interview at any time.

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

Professor Mary Wells

Supported by

Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University of Stirling

Questions about cancer? Contact our information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle - 11226

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

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