Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.
A study to learn more about how women may self-manage symptoms of ovarian cancer (CRUK Guardian Angels)
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Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This is a study to see if women try to manage their symptoms by changing what they buy, such as more over the counter medications, before seeing their GP.
Cancer Research UK supports this study.
More about this trial
Women often have symptoms of ovarian cancer some time before being diagnosed. These can be:
- tummy (abdominal) pain
- feeling bloated
Often women don’t think straight away that these symptoms may be serious and don’t recognise they could be related to cancer. They try to manage them by using ways they have coped with these types of symptoms in the past or by buying over the counter medications such as:
- indigestion medicines
- natural remedies
This can delay them seeing their GP and their cancer
In this study, researchers want to find out if there is a change in what women buy (purchases) due to their symptoms. As well as looking at evidence of increased purchasing of medications there may be other ways symptoms are having an affect such as buying less food due to a loss of appetite.
To look at what is bought, they want to look at the information recorded in high street stores loyalty cards.
The main aim of this study is to see if women change their buying behaviours from the moment they thought they had changes in their body, until seeing a GP.
Who can enter
You might be able to join this study if you are a woman with ovarian cancer and you have a loyalty card with a high street store (the study team can tell you which stores are taking part).
This study will recruit 29 women with ovarian cancer.
You complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire can be completed online or on paper. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.
The questionnaire asks about:
- if there were any, the 1st time you noticed changes in your body and what the changes were
- whether you have taken drugs without medical supervision (over the counter) to help with symptoms
- when you saw your GP for the first time for symptoms or changes related to ovarian cancer and when you were diagnosed
- what loyalty cards you have and how often you use them
- your education and ethnicity
The study team will also ask you to take part in another study. They want to interview you to find out what you think about using information from loyalty cards to improve early cancer diagnosis.
You do not have to agree to this interview if you don’t want to. You can still take part in this study.
All the answers you give and the information collected about you is kept
You do not have any hospital visits as part of this study.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study but you might find some questions distressing.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Yasemin Hirst
Cancer Research UK
University College London (UCL)