“I was keen to go on a clinical trial. I wanted to try new cancer treatments and hopefully help future generations.”
A study to develop a communication training package for radiographers (FORECAST 2)
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This study is to see if a training package for radiographers helps people with worries about their cancer coming back.
It is open to women who are having radiotherapy for breast cancer at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre.
More about this trial
After treatment for breast cancer people often fear or worry that the cancer might come back, get worse or spread to another part of their body. This is called fear of cancer recurrence.
Fear of cancer recurrence can affect your health by increasing levels of anxiety, depression and distress. Researchers are looking for ways to lower this fear before it gets too bad.
We know from research that people who talk about these concerns have a lower level of fear and worry that their cancer might come back.
In this study researchers have developed a communication training package for
The radiographers would use the package during their weekly review appointments with the patients.
The aims of this study are to find out if:
- using the communication package does lower the level of fear of cancer recurrence
- using the package is possible and acceptable to both the radiographer and patient
- it is possible to do a larger
Who can enter
The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this study. Talk to your doctor or the study team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you.
Who can take part
You may be able to join this study if the following apply.
- a woman
- having radiotherapy for breast cancer
- at least 18 years old
This is a feasibility study. The study team need 74 people to take part.
During treatment you see your radiographer each week as usual. These appointments are recorded by the study team.
You fill in a few questionnaires at:
- the start of treatment
- during treatment
- the end of treatment
The questions are about:
- your concerns about cancer
- your feelings
Every day during treatment you also fill in a diary. This asks 3 questions about your cancer concerns. You can do this either on paper or as an app on a smart phone.
A member of the study team will phone you 6 to 8 weeks after the end of treatment to see how you are.
There are no extra hospital visits if you take part in this study.
Filling in the questionnaires about your cancer concerns might cause some distress. If this happens do tell a member of the team so they can help you.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Gerald Humphris
Breast Cancer Now
University of St Andrews Medical School