“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."
A study using MRI scans to detect breast cancer early in women at high risk
- are at a high risk of breast cancer because they have a BRCA1, BRCA2 or TP53 gene change (
- have breast cancer that has grown into the surrounding tissue (invasive breast cancer)
More about this trial
Who can enter
- having annual breast screening because you have a gene change (mutation) in the BRCA1, BRCA2 or TP53 gene
- have breast cancer that has grown through into the surrounding tissue (invasive ductal breast cancer)
- have a condition such as diabetes that affects the chemical processes in your body
- are taking medicines such as statins that might affect how your body processes fat
- can’t have an MRI scan because you have a pacemaker, your kidneys don’t work well enough or you are allergic to the contrast medium used
- have another type of cancer
- have had surgery, started hormone therapy or chemotherapy
- 20 who have a gene change
- 20 who have invasive breast cancer
You have an MRI scan at the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This takes about an hour.
You have the MRI scan done when you have a routine hospital appointment.
An MRI scan is very safe and doesn’t use radiation. Some people can’t have an MRI scan but a checklist you fill in beforehand picks this up.
You might have bruising or swelling at the injection site (cannula) where the contrast medium goes in.
You might have an allergic reaction to the contrast medium but this is rare. This most often starts with feeling weak, sweating and difficulty breathing. Tell your radiographer straight away if you feel unwell so they can give you medicine to control the reaction.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Jiabao He
University of Aberdeen
Cancer Research UK