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As a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and advice from the Government, all our face to face involvement activity has been put on hold. We are keeping people affected by cancer at the heart of what we do, so your involvement is still so important.

If you or a loved one has cancer, you might feel especially worried. The NHS and the Government have put together guidance on these issues which we have summarised and linked to from our information pages and you can speak to our nurses on 0808-800-4040 if you want to talk any of this through.

Here are the current patient involvement opportunities you can take part in 

Working with you gives us invaluable insights that can help develop our work, accelerate our progress and save lives. Whether you've got lots of time to spare or only a little, and whatever your experience of cancer, we hope you'll find an opportunity that interests you. We regularly update this page, so please come again to visit soon.

Survey - Help us shape our Cancer Research UK impact stories podcast

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We want to develop a podcast to share our progress and celebrate some of the work we’ve been involved in, beyond scientific research. We want your input to understand which areas you’d like to know more about.

Survey - What would you like to know about diet and cancer?

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We need your help to create a new blog post answering some of the most common questions people have about diet following a cancer diagnosis. We’ll use your input to help us shape the structure and content of the post.

Survey - Pre-test a new cancer survivorship, quality of life questionnaire

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The Quality of Life Group (QLG) would like to develop a questionnaire which can be used in the future to understand the quality of life of people living beyond cancer to improve the care of patients in the future.  

Follow up survey – How has COVID-19 impacted your life with cancer

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Building on the findings from a survey we ran earlier this year, we’re running a new survey exploring the impact of COVID-19 and the longer-term impact on cancer patients. Help inform the work we do now and in the future.

Public committee member opportunities at the NIHR


The National Institute for Health Research is inviting patients, carers, services users and members of the public interested in health and social care to join a number of its national and regional research committees

Take part in Rising Tide Foundation’s Patient Arts for Health Exhibition


The Rising Tide Foundation are launching an International Patient Arts for Health Exhibition and are looking for people affected by cancer to submit a piece of art which will offer new insight on what quality of life means to them.

Survey - Help make skin cancer research better

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If you have concerns about skin cancer and ideas how you think research could address them, the Skin Cancer Surgery Research Collaborative want to work with you to design research to improve skin cancer diagnosis, treatment (including surgery) and care.

Study - Trial a new online intervention for building resilience

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The FRAME project are looking for women who have completed treatment for breast cancer in the last 3 years to trial a new online intervention designed to help build resilience.  

What cancer science questions would you like answered?

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Our experts are dedicated to bringing you the latest findings, from the lab bench to clinical trials. But do you have a burning question that we haven’t answered? In our Science Surgery series, you can take our survey and submit the questions you'd like answered by our expert team. 

Survey - Help improve brain tumour treatment and care

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The Brain Tumour Charity are looking into how people’s experiences of a brain tumour diagnosis differs across the UK, to improve access to the best treatment and care.

Online Questionnaire – Exploring the experiences of women who have survived breast cancer

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Take part in this study to help researchers at The University of Leeds understand the impact that breast cancer can have on women in survivorship.

Content Reviewer – Review our online information pages

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Share your views on our ‘About Cancer’ pages and subpages to help us offer reliable information about cancer that’s useful for people affected by cancer.

Survey – Your thoughts on radiotherapy before a mastectomy

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Imperial College London would like to hear your views on a proposed study investigating the order in which surgery and radiotherapy are given to breast cancer patients.

Peer Reviewer - Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement

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Become a peer reviewer for the world’s leading journal on patient/carer/public involvement in health and social care research. 

Become a Media Volunteer

Share your story to help people understand cancer better and raise awareness about our research and campaigns.

Become a Cancer Campaigns Ambassador

Persuade politicians to support cancer research, prevention, early diagnosis, and treatments.

Get in touch

If you have questions about any of our opportunities, or feedback for us, you can contact us by emailing us at or call us on 0203 469 8777.  We're always happy to answer questions and receive feedback, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.