A study looking at how people recover after surgery for lung cancer

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

Cancer type:

Lung cancer
Non small cell lung cancer
Small cell lung cancer





This study is looking at how people recover after having surgery to remove lung cancer.

As cancer treatment improves people are living longer afterwards. But it can take a while to recover after treatment.

Researchers have done studies in a number of different cancer types looking at how people recover from cancer and its treatment. But so far there hasn’t been an extensive study that looked at lung cancer.

Researchers want to follow a large group of people who have had lung cancer surgery over a number of years. They want to find out how these people recover their health and well being after surgery and what support they may need. They will do this by looking at their medical notes and asking them to fill in questionnaires.

This is a pilot study to see if it is possible to run a larger study looking at this.

The aims of the pilot study are to

  • See how many people they can recruit at a number of sites around the country
  • See how many people continue to stay in the study after agreeing to take part
  • Test the questionnaires to collect data and see whether people find them acceptable
  • Test the outcomes they intend to measure


Who can enter

You may be able to enter this trial if you

  • Have lung cancer that is small in size and is only in 1 area of your lung (stage 1) or is no bigger than 7cm and hasn’t spread to your lymph nodes (stage 2)
  • Are going to have surgery to remove your lung cancer with the aim of curing it
  • Are able to complete questionnaires
  • Are at least 16 years old

You cannot enter this trial if

  • Your lung cancer has spread to another part of your body
  • You have had chemotherapy before surgery to shrink your lung cancer

Trial design

This is a pilot study. It will recruit 170 people.

You fill in a questionnaire before having surgery and again 3 months after surgery. Both questionnaires will ask about side effects and how you’ve been feeling. This is called a quality of life study.

You may fill in the questionnaires at home. The research team will give you a pre paid addressed envelope to send it back.

The researchers may also invite you to talk to them about what you thought of taking part in the study.

They will ask your permission to obtain information about you that is routinely collected by the NHS, such as the treatment you have and the time you spend in hospital.

Hospital visits

There are no extra visits to the hospital if you take part in this study.

Side effects

The researchers don’t anticipate any problems if you take part.

You may find it difficult, or upsetting, to talk or write about your experiences. If so, the researchers can provide you with details about where you may be able to get some more support.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

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Chief Investigator

Dr Claire Foster

Supported by

National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

If you have questions about the trial please contact our cancer information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 11128

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

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