“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."
A study looking for a way to identify breast cancer and to check how well treatment is working (EBLIS)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking for substances in blood and tissue samples to help identify breast cancer sooner and to check how well it is responding to treatment.
More about this trial
Doctors use changes in substances in the blood and tissue (
The researchers want to see if they can identify a pattern of change in these biomarkers. They hope to use this information to develop a blood test doctors can use to identify breast cancer and to check how well the cancer is responding to treatment.
Taking part in the study will not affect your treatment and may not help you directly. The information from this study may in the future help doctors to diagnose people with breast cancer sooner and to find out how well treatment is working.
Who can enter
You may be able to join this study if you are a woman and all of the following apply. You
- Have breast cancer
- Have had surgery and finished all chemotherapy treatment within the past 3 years
- Have a high risk of your cancer coming back (relapse) or of dying from your cancer at 10 years if you don’t have any treatment. This might be based on specialised computer programmes (either Adjuvant! Online or NHS Predict). Your doctor can discuss this with you further.
- Are at least 18 years old
You cannot join this study if any of these apply. You
- Have breast cancer that has spread to another part of your body
- Have had any other type of cancer
- Have any other medical condition or mental health problem that the researchers think could affect you taking part in this study
You cannot join this study if you had cancer drugs to shrink your cancer before having surgery (neo adjuvant therapy) and your original cancer was less than 2cm across.
The researchers need 194 people to join this study.
The researchers will take a blood sample from you each time you have a hospital appointment.
They will also ask for a sample of your cancer that was removed when you had surgery or a
You see the doctor for a physical examination and blood sample when you agree to take part. You then see the doctor every 6 months for 4 years for an examination and blood tests.
You may feel some discomfort or have some bruising where the blood sample is taken.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Charles Coombes
Cancer Research UK
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust