“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 trial looking at pain control after breast cancer surgery
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This trial is looking at another way to control pain after surgery for breast cancer.
You are most likely to have painkillers after surgery for breast cancer. These work quite well but can cause side effects, for example feeling sick and feeling sleepy. So doctors are always looking for ways to improve pain control after surgery, especially during the first few days after the operation.
The researchers think thin tubes, called wound catheters, could help by delivering a
This type of pain control has worked well following other types of surgery including breast reconstruction. It has helped with recovery and reduced the need for painkillers.
The aims of this trial are to find out
- How well wound catheters will work following breast cancer surgery
- How well this type of pain control reduces the need for painkillers
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you attend the Wansbeck General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne and you are having surgery to remove your whole breast (mastectomy) with or without breast reconstruction.
You cannot enter this trial if you are
This trial will recruit 80 women who attend the Wansbeck General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.
This is a randomised trial. You will be randomly put into 1 of 2 groups. Neither you nor your doctor can choose which group you are in. Half the women have the wound catheters and painkilling drugs to control their pain after surgery. The other women have painkilling drugs only, as is currently done routinely.
On each of the first 2 days after your surgery, you fill in a questionnaire 5 times. It asks you about any pain you might have. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to fill in each time.
The nurse will remove the wound catheters before you go home.
There are no extra visits to the hospital if you agree to take part in this trial.
We know from research that wound catheters are safe to use and don’t cause any increased risk of complications after surgery.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Mark Piper
Breast Cancer Research Trust
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust