"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study to help detect lung cancer earlier
This study looked at a way to increase the number of people having a chest x-ray to check for lung cancer.
The study was open for people to join in 2011. The team published the results in 2018. There is a link to more information in the ‘summary of results’ section below.
More about this trial
Lung cancer is easier to treat if it is found early. When people have symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath, they usually have a chest x-ray first. GPs often organise this. Depending on the results, the GP may then refer on to a specialist for more tests.
Researchers in this study used advertisements and education programmes to highlight the importance of having a chest x-ray. People who’d had symptoms for more than 3 weeks could ask to have an x-ray. They didn’t need their GP to organise this for them.
The team hoped that more people would learn about the importance of having a chest x-ray. And that this would mean people get diagnosed with lung cancer at an earlier stage.
The aim of this study was to see if they can increase the number of people asking to have a chest x-ray.
Summary of results
We aim to add a lay summary of results to all the studies on our database. Unfortunately we have not been able to include a summary for this one.
There is more information about the results in the link below.
Please note, the information we link to here is not in plain English. It has been written for healthcare professionals and researchers.
Lung cancer stage-shift following a symptom awareness campaign
M Kennedy and others
Thorax, 2018. Volume 73, issue 12, pages 1128 – 1136.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Mat Callister
National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust