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 comparing 2 types of support for people with cancer who want to continue working or return to work (REJOIN)
This study looked at specialist one to one support for people with cancer who would like to work.
More about this trial
- plan and deliver a new support package
- train relevant members of the health care team to provide extra support
- find out if people want to take part in a study looking at this sort of support
Summary of results
- 30 people had standard care
- 30 people had REJOIN support
People in the standard care group had support which included information on work and cancer from Macmillan Cancer Support.
People in the REJOIN group had a programme of support developed by the research team. It had several steps to make it easier for health care professionals to help people who want to go back to work.
- functional capacity – problems with things like fatigue, memory or physical ability
- psychosocial issues – issue with confidence, relationships at work or coping with emotional situations
- physical space – modifications to furniture, tools or other aspects of the workplace
- work – possible need to change hours or level of responsibility
- employers – helping people negotiate changes, and helping employers understand what people need when returning to work after cancer treatment
- legal advice – help with legal issues and providing contacts for more support if necessary
- changing jobs – helping people leave their job, or move to another job, if that is better for them
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.
Dr Gail Eva
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
NIHR Fellowships Programme
University College London (UCL)