“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."
A study about the S4A support bra for women having radiotherapy for breast cancer
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
More about this trial
- Large breasts
- Breasts that hang low on the chest (can be more common in older people)
Researchers are always looking for ways to improve treatment and reduce side effects. This study aims to see if the support bra can:
- hold the breast securely to reduce radiation to nearby organs (such as the heart and the lungs)
- help radiographers to target radiotherapy more accurately
- reduce skin problems on the breast
- maintain dignity,and help women to feel less self conscious when they are having treatment
Who can enter
- have invasive breast cancer which may or may not have spread to the lymph nodes but has not spread to another part of the body
- had surgery to remove cancer but still have a breast (conservative surgery)
- are having radiotherapy to the whole breast
- have a bra cup size of at least 28F/30E/32DD/34D/36C
- aged 18 or over
- had previous breast cancer (including ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS)
- are having chemotherapy at the same time as radiotherapy (you might be able to take part if you are having chemotherapy after radiotherapy)
- are having radiotherapy to your lymph nodes
- are having an extra dose to the site of the cancer (tumour bed)
- with the support bra
- without the support bra
Quality of Life questionnaires
The questionnaires will ask about side effects and how you’ve been feeling. They are called quality of life questionnaires. The researchers will ask you to fill in the first questionnaires at your radiotherapy planning appointment.
You will complete questionnaires each week of radiotherapy and at the end of your treatment.
Questionnaires can be completed at hospital appointments or you can fill them in at home and post them back to the trial team.
You do not need to attend any additional appointments if you take part in this study.
People in group 1 will have the same side effects as people having standard radiotherapy treatment.
People in group 2 will have an extra scan at the radiotherapy planning appointment. The extra radiation is very small. The study team can discuss this with you.
Some women may have increased skin problems from the bra.
How to join a clinical trial
Sheffield Hallam University
NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme