“I think it’s really important that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study looking at whether testing poo for blood can show who might be at risk of cancer of the stomach or bowel
This study is for people who have a low level of red blood cells (anaemia) caused by a lack of iron in the body (iron deficiency anaemia).
More about this trial
A low level of red blood cells in the body is called anaemia. There are different types of anaemia. A common type is iron deficiency anaemia (IDA).
In this study doctors are testing a small amount of poo (faeces) for blood. This is called a faecal occult blood test (
This test has been improved with the use of faecal immunochemical testing (FIT). FIT only detects blood. Medicines and food do not interfere with the test. So it tends to be more accurate. Doctors think it can help to tell who is at risk of having cancer of the stomach or bowel. This could help them decide who needs to have an urgent endoscopy.
The main aim of this trial is to find out whether the FIT test can help to find out how many people with IDA have:
- a bleeding wound
gastro intestinal cancer
- bowel cancer
Who can enter
You may be able to join this study if all of the following apply:
- You are going to be seen at the Poole iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) clinic
- You are at least 18 years old
You cannot join this study if:
- You can’t do the FOB test for any reason
- You don’t want to have any tests to find the cause of your anaemia
The researchers need about 120 people who are going to Poole Hospital to take part.
You do the FOB test before you have the endoscopy. You do it at home with a testing kit.
You place a small sample of poo on a special card and send it to the study team in a prepaid envelope.
You don’t have any extra visits as part of this study. You do the FOB test at home.
There are no side effects associated with taking part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Jonathon Snook
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust