A study looking at finding pancreatic cancer early (UK-EDI)

Cancer type:

Pancreatic cancer





This study is looking at different ways to try and find early signs of pancreatic cancer.

It is open to people who are at least 50 years old and have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 

Cancer Research UK supports this study.

More about this trial

For most people a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes Open a glossary item is due to lifestyle or a fault in the genes Open a glossary item. But for a small number of people a diagnosis of diabetes might be an early sign linked to developing pancreatic cancer. Researchers think this is around 1 in 100 people (1%). In this study the researchers call this type 3c diabetes. 

It is important to know who has type 3c diabetes and who has type 2 diabetes. At the moment there are no tests or ways to find this out. By finding a way to tell the difference between type 2 and type 3c diabetes doctors might be able to detect the early signs of pancreatic cancer. 

In this study researchers want to use blood samples and questionnaires to try and find a way to tell type 3c diabetes from type 2 diabetes. 

The aims of this study are to:

  • develop ways to tell type 3c diabetes from type 2 diabetes
  • identify early signs of pancreatic cancer

Please note 
You won’t get any benefit from taking part in this study. The researchers hope that the information gained from this study might help people in the future.

Who can enter

The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this study. Talk to your doctor or the study team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you. 

Who can take part

You may be able to join this study if you are at least 50 years old and have been diagnosed with diabetes within 6 months of joining the study. 

Who can’t take part

You cannot join this study if any of these apply. You:

Trial design

The team need 2,500 people to join the study.

You give blood samples and fill in questionnaires when you join the study and then every 6 months to 2 years.

Hospital visits

You see a member of the study team at a local clinic every 6 months for 2 years. The first visit takes about an hour all the others take about 30 minutes.

Side effects

There are no side effects if you take part in the study.


Burton on Trent
Milton Keynes
Newcastle upon Tyne

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Professor Eithne Costell

Supported by

Cancer Research UK
University of Liverpool

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

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

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