Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.
A study to find out more about how cancer and the treatment affects everyday life (HORIZONS Study)
More about this trial
A growing number of people are living for many years after cancer treatment. But we don’t yet know all the ways to support them to ensure the best possible recovery.
Understanding what is important to people with cancer during their treatment and in the months and years afterwards will help decide the type of support and services people need in the future.
The aim of this study is to find out how a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment affects people in the short, medium and long term.
Who can enter
The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this study. Talk to your doctor or the hospital study team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you.
You might be able to join this study if you have been newly diagnosed with 1 of the following:
- breast cancer in women
- cervical cancer
- ovarian cancer
- womb (uterine or endometrial) cancer
- diffuse large B cell lymphoma (a type of non Hodgkin lymphoma)
And all of the following apply. You:
- Are due to have treatment with the aim of curing your cancer
- Are able to write in English well
- Are at least 16 years old - and under 50 years old if you have breast cancer
You cannot join this study if any of these apply. You
- Have cancer that has come back or got worse in an area where you have already had treatment
- Have cancer that has spread to another part of the body
- Have 2 or more different types of cancer (primary cancers) being looked at in the study that started to grow at the same time
This study is based in the UK. The researchers need 3,000 people to take part.
You fill in questionnaires before you start treatment and:
- at 3 months
- at 12 months
- at 18 months
- at 2 years
- once a year after that
The questionnaires ask about:
- your health and wellbeing
- any treatment you are having and how it affects you physically and emotionally – this is called your quality of life
You complete them on paper or online. The study team will also ask to look at your medical notes to find out more information about the treatment you are having.
There are no extra hospital visits if you take part in this study. The questionnaires take about 45 minutes to complete.
The study team do not expect there to be any risks or disadvantages from taking part in this study.
They understand that joining the study comes at a time when you have a lot to deal with. Sometimes people find it hard difficult to talk or write about their experiences of having cancer.
You don’t have to answer any questions in the questionnaire that you don’t want to.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Claire Foster
Macmillan Cancer Support
University of Southampton
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust