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A study to find who needs to be screened for bowel cancer
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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 looking at finding who is at risk of bowel cancer and needs a colonoscopy. It is also looking at people with a risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The people taking part in this study have already provided a poo (stool) sample and have been asked by their doctor to have a colonoscopy. It is for people going to the NHS Tayside colorectal service.
More about this trial
If you have bowel problems, such as diarrhoea, bleeding from the back passage and tummy pain your GP will want you to have some tests. The main test is a colonoscopy. But it can be difficult to know who needs to have this test and who doesn’t.
One way to look for bowel cancer is by testing a small amount of poo (
If the results show there is blood in your poo, you have a colonoscopy. But most people who have blood in their poo don’t have bowel cancer.
In this study, researchers want to see if factors such as
can be used, with the FIT results, to help decide who needs a colonoscopy and who can avoid having one.
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.
You may be able to join this study if you are going to the NHS Tayside colorectal service and all of the following apply
- Your doctor has asked you to have a colonoscopy
- You have had a FIT test
- You have had a blood test to check the number of red cells, white cells and platelets (full blood count) – doctors usually ask for this test before a colonoscopy
- You are at least 16 years old
You cannot join this study if you are not able to have a colonoscopy for any reason.
The researchers need about 4000 people who are having a colonoscopy at the Tayside colorectal service to take part.
Everyone completes a questionnaire before their colonoscopy. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. You can have help to complete this if you need it.
The questionnaire asks
- what you eat
- how much physical activity you do
- if you have
- if you have problems with your bowels
- whether you take any medication
- if you smoke or drink alcohol
- if you have family members with bowel problems
All the answers you give and the information collected about you is kept
The researchers look at the answers, the results of the colonoscopy and the results of the blood and FIT test. They want to see if this information can show who is at a risk of bowel cancer and would need to have a colonoscopy.
You don’t have any extra visits as part of this study. Your colonoscopy will be done as part of your normal care.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Robert JC Steele
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University of Dunde