A trial looking at a lifestyle programme for people who have had cancer treatment (ASCOT)

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

Bowel (colorectal) cancer
Breast cancer
Colon cancer
Prostate cancer
Rectal cancer





This trial is looking at promoting a healthy lifestyle for people who have had treatment for one of the following types of cancer.

More about this trial

The researchers running this trial have developed a lifestyle programme. The programme is a lifestyle booklet that provides advice on diet and exercise and tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

In this trial, they would like to find out more about what patients think about the programme and if it helps them to change their current habits and lead a healthier lifestyle.

The aim of the trial is to see how useful people find the lifestyle programme after their treatment for cancer. They hope that the information they get from this trial will help them to design better lifestyle programmes for people who have had treatment for breast, bowel or prostate cancer.

Who can enter

You may be able to join this trial if all of the following apply. You

  • Were diagnosed with breast, prostate or bowel cancer in 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 and the cancer hadn’t spread to another part of your body
  • Speak and understand English
  • Are at least 18 years old

You cannot join this trial if you

  • Are having regular treatment in hospital for your cancer such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy (you may still be able to take part if you are having tablets that you take at home )
  • Wouldn’t be able to complete the questionnaires due to problems with your memory or concentration (cognitive impairment)

Trial design

This is a pilot trial. The researchers need 2,500 people to take part. It is randomised. The people taking part are put into 1 of 2 groups by a computer. Neither you nor the researchers will be able to decide which group you are in.

  • People one group will be given the lifestyle booklet
  • People in the other group continue with their usual lifestyle

At the beginning of the trial, the researchers will phone you to ask some detailed questions about your diet. They also send you a questionnaire. It will ask about your diet, level of physical activity, if you smoke and drink and how you are feeling (your quality of life).  They will send you another questionnaire 3 months later and 6 months after that.

At each of these times, they will also send you a small device that you attach to your clothes to measure the number of steps you take. This is called a pedometer. You wear it for a week each time and then return it to the trial team.

At the end of the trial, the team may interview you about your experiences of taking part. This interview will take about an hour.

Hospital visits

You won’t have any extra hospital appointments as a result of taking part in this trial.

Side effects

There are no side effects as a result of taking part in this trial.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Dr Abigail Fisher
Dr Rebecca Beeken

Supported by

Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University College London

Freephone 0808 800 4040

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