“I think it’s really important that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study looking at a talking therapy for people with advanced cancer (Can Talk)
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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 a talking therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy can help people with advanced cancer who are feeling low.
People who have
In this study, researchers want to see if having cognitive behavioural therapy alongside usual treatment helps people with cancer who are depressed.
Who can enter
You cannot volunteer to join this study, but you may be invited to join if you
- Have cancer and any treatment you are having is not aiming to cure your disease
- Are at least 18 years old
The study aims to recruit 240 people in London, the North West, North East, South West and South East of England.
To begin with, a member of the research team will ask you a couple of questions during a short interview. This will help them to work out if you are suitable to take part in this study. If you are, they will give you some more information about the study and ask you to decide whether or not you would like to take part.
If you agree to join the study, a member of the research team will fill in 5 questionnaires with you. These will ask questions about your health and care.
You will then be put into 1 of 2 groups at random. Neither you nor the researcher can decide which group you are in. This is called randomisation.
Half the people taking part continue to have cancer treatment as usual. The other half continue their treatment as usual and also have 12 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) over a 3 month period. You have the sessions with a CBT specialist.
Everybody in the study will be asked to fill out some more questionnaires after 6, 12, 18 and 24 weeks. You can do this either in person with a researcher, on the phone or online - whichever is more convenient for you.
Any information you provide will be
The interview to see if you are suitable to join the study takes about 15 minutes.
If you do take part, it takes about 45 minutes to fill out the questionnaires with a member of the study team.
If you are in the group having CBT, each session lasts up to an hour.
Apart from taking up some of your time, there are no side effects associated with cognitive behavioural therapy.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Marc Serfaty
Department of Health
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme
University College London (UCL)