Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.
A study of quality of life after surgery for cancer of the food pipe or stomach
This study was for people having surgery to remove cancer of their food pipe (oesophagus) or stomach.
More about this trial
- trans hiatal oesophagectomy which means having the operation through a cut in the abdomen (tummy) and neck
- trans thoracic oesophagectomy, which is when the surgeon makes cuts in the abdomen and chest
Summary of results
- 86 had the operation through a cut in their abdomen (tummy) and neck (a trans hiatal oesophagectomy).
- 60 had the surgery through cuts in their abdomen and chest (trans thoracic oesophagectomy).
- how much physical activity they could do
- how they were feeling emotionally
- how surgery affected their daily activities and social role
- if they had any symptoms
- 111 at 6 months
- 76 at 12 months
- feeling and being sick
- shortness of breath
- just over 2 out of 10 people (23%) felt sick or had vomiting
- just under 3 out of 10 people (27%) had shortness of breath
- just over 3 out 10 people (31%) had constipation
- 1 in every 10 people (10%) felt sick or had vomiting
- a very small number of people (4%) had shortness of breath
- a very small number of people (8%) had constipation
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Jesper Lagergren
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
King's College London
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
Swedish Research Council