Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study looking for new ways to diagnose cancer and other diseases from blood and urine samples
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Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is trying to find new ways to diagnose some types of cancer using blood and urine samples. The people taking part have been to see a specialist in bladder and kidney diseases (a
People taking part in this study will give extra blood and urine samples. Researchers will study these in the laboratory to look at proteins. The researchers need to take samples from people with a variety of conditions, as well as from healthy people. Being asked to take part does not mean you have a urological cancer.
The aim of the study is to find new ways to diagnose urological cancers and other conditions using blood and urine samples.
Please note – You won’t get any direct benefit from taking part in this study, nor will it affect any treatment you have. The results may help researchers to develop new tests to diagnose cancer.
Who can enter
You can enter this trial if you have seen a urologist and are currently having tests at either Sunderland Royal hospital or the Freeman hospital in Newcastle.
The researchers hope to recruit between 50 and 100 people each month.
A member of the study team will take a blood sample and ask you to give a urine sample. They will ask you about your health, other medical conditions you have and any medication you take. They will also give you a questionnaire to fill in and post back. This asks questions about your lifestyle. If you prefer, there is an online version of the questionnaire that you can fill in via the internet if that is more convenient.
If you go on to have treatment, the study team may ask your permission to take a few more samples at follow up visits.
If you agree to take part in this study, you are giving the researchers permission to look at your medical records in the future. This is so they can look back and see if the blood sample can be used as an early warning for any condition you may develop. You are free to stop this access to your notes at any time without giving a reason.
There are no extra hospital visits if you take part in the study. It should take less than half an hour to complete the questionnaire.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study. You may have some bruising where the blood sample is taken, but the researchers will try to take the sample at the same time as you have other blood tests.
How to join a clinical trial
Mr Naeem Soomro
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)