"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study looking at whether an MRI scan can pick up early spread of pancreatic cancer
This study is using an MRI scan to look for areas of cancer spread (metastases) outside the pancreas. It is for people who are going to have an operation called Whipple’s operation for pancreatic cancer.
Everyone taking part is having treatment at the Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital.
More about this trial
- part of the pancreas
- the first part of the small bowel (duodenum)
- the gallbladder
- part of the stomach
Who can enter
- have pancreatic cancer and are going to have a Whipple’s operation
- are well enough to have a general
- are at least 18 years old
- are going to have an operation to remove the whole of the pancreas (total pancreatectomy) or the tail of the pancreas (distal pancreatectomy)
- are not able to have an MRI for any reason, for example you have metal implants such as a pacemaker, surgical clips, implants or you have a fear of being in closed spaces (claustrophobia)
- weigh more than 140 kg (22 stones)
Researchers need about 30 people going to the Bristol Royal Infirmary hospital to take part in this study.
You have a diffusion weighted MRI scan 2 weeks before surgery. This is similar to a normal MRI scan but takes a little longer. It takes about 45 minutes in total. You have the MRI scan at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre Bristol.
You also have a CT scan before surgery. This is the same as the standard treatment.
Taking part in this study does not affect the operation you have. This is the same as if you were not in the study. Your doctor will explain your treatment and what to expect.
You need to visit the Clinical Research Imaging Centre Bristol to have the MRI scan. The scan takes about 45 minutes.
MRI scans are very safe and the study team don’t think you will have any side effects from it.
The MRI scan can pick up problems that you might not be aware of. The team will tell you about the problems if this happens. Your GP can arrange for other tests or treatments if necessary.
We have more information about MRI scans.
How to join a clinical trial
Mr Reyad Abbadi
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
David Telling Charitable Trust