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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.

Become a member of Barts Cancer Centre’s (BCC) PPI Research Advisory Group

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Share your experience, offer your ideas and opinions that will bring a unique perspective and improve the research carried out at the Barts Cancer Centre (BCC), London.

Consumer panel member – Help evaluate portion size resources 

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Are you interested in healthy eating? The British Nutrition Foundation are looking for people to join a small virtual consumer panel to help evaluate and co-create revised versions of their portion size resources to ensure that they encourage better choices.

Survey - what are the challenges for teenagers and young adults with cancer accessing clinical trials?

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Help us improve access to early phase clinical trials for teenagers and young adults with cancer by sharing your views on what the key challenges are, so that we can explore ways to address them.  

Survey – Right to withdraw consent in clinical trials

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Some participants stop taking part in clinical trials before the research ends. A group of researchers and patients are looking at ways for this to happen that protects patients’ rights and the quality of research. They would now like your view on new guiding principles

Take part in the pilot of our new virtual Legal Guidance Service (England and Wales)

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Take part in the pilot of a new service recently launched by CRUK. This online service (currently available to people living in England and Wales) includes a free 60-minute consultation with a solicitor. We’ll then ask you to share your feedback in a short follow-up survey.

Focus group – Share your views on Northern Ireland’s new cancer strategy

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Help shape Cancer Research UK’s response to Northern Ireland’s new ten-year strategy for tackling cancer by taking part in our online focus group and ensure that the experiences of people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland are heard.

Study – Help the ‘HEAL ABC’ project tailor resources on life after bowel cancer

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Researchers at The University of Manchester wish to learn about peoples' experience using their resources. This study will help tailor their resources to help make them effective in improving peoples' lifestyle, and accordingly standardise advice and support provided to people after bowel cancer.

Advisory panel member - Research centres review

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Help us to review plans from our Research Centres and ensure they’re involving people affected by cancer appropriately and effectively. 

Survey - Impact of COVID-19 on physical activity and mental health

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Help researchers at University of Southampton to understand the impact of COVID-19 and government restrictions on the physical activity and mental health of adults living with long term conditions in the UK.

Survey - Breast cancer surgery research priorities

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Help the Association of Breast Surgery identify the key areas for breast cancer surgery research to focus on in future.  

Public member of User Reference Group – Shape the future of cancer prevention

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Are you interested in cancer research? Would you like to be part of a group and work with leading cancer researchers to shape the future of cancer prevention?

Survey and interview – Share your view on the quality of cancer-related online resources

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Help researchers at Macquarie University in Australia identify what is important when accessing cancer-related online resources provided by non-profit cancer organisations.

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. 

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.

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.