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Cancer research relies upon the participation of people like you! Sometimes this entails answering surveys, being interviewed, or engaging in focus groups. Other times it may involve an active role in the design of research questions, study information, or research design.

We are proud to support projects that are different, innovative, and have real benefits for cancer patients and their loved ones around the world, by assisting researchers in recruiting participants to get involved in cancer research.

See and search through our latest opportunities to get involved in research, using the filters below. Many of our opportunities are online, so if you don’t see anything in your area, try searching ‘all locations’.

To receive quarterly updates by email (you can unsubscribe at any time) about the opportunities and projects available to take part in, sign up to our Research Network. Other opportunities will be added all the time so please keep a look out here and on our social media for other ways you might be able to get involved.

End Date Oct 2021

Online survey – Capturing Compassionate Care Research Study (The CCARE Study)

Compassionate care is really important, so there is a need to capture patient experiences to check that the care they received was compassionate. The Compassionate Care Measure (CCM) is a new questionnaire that aims to measure these experiences. It asks patients to think of one contact they had with a healthcare professional in the past month and to rate how much they agree with a series of statements about the care they received. This project aims to check that this measure is of good enough quality to be used to improve services and patient care.

Cancer Type

All

Location

All

Eligibility

People aged 18 or over who have attended a healthcare appointment within the past month can take part in the research. The appointment could have been face to face, or by phone or video call.

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End Date Nov 2021

Online survey – Exploring the long-term psychological needs of men with prostate cancer

This study is exploring the long-term psychological needs of people with prostate cancer to understand the impact that experiencing prostate cancer can have on quality of life. We hope to raise awareness and contribute to scientific understanding of the psychological needs of people who have experience of prostate cancer in the UK. Doing so can help us to identify factors which increase vulnerability to poorer wellbeing and quality of life post treatment, as well as ways to reduce the impact of the long-term consequences of prostate cancer on everyday life and wellbeing.

Cancer Type

Prostate

Location

All

Eligibility

Over the age of 18, have previously had a diagnosis of prostate cancer and the time since diagnosis is 12 months or more

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End Date Nov 2021

Involvement Opportunity– Help needed with the wording of a lifestyle questionnaire on cancer

This project aims to test out the wording of questionnaires designed to assess everyday issues and how they affect cancer caregivers and patients lifestyle. Effectively, we need you to assess the English of the questions to see if they are easy to understand, clear and relevant.

Cancer Type

Bowel

Location

All

Eligibility

We need to talk to children/teens who have had a cancer treatment in the last 6 months as well as their parents for their feedback. You must be a first language English speakers and resident in UK or NI.

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End Date Dec 2021

Online survey – Thinking about a fear of cancer recurrence and illness perceptions, as well as mental health in young people who have survived cancer

Many people who have survived cancer can experience a fear that it will return, which we call ‘fear of cancer recurrence’. Previous studies have found that in both adults and children, fear of cancer recurrence can get in the way of their general lives and is related to their mental health. However, we don’t yet know very much about fear of cancer recurrence in teenage and young adult cancer survivors.

Cancer Type

All

Location

All

Eligibility

People aged 16-24 years old who are in remission from your cancer and have completed active cancer treatment and who received treatments for your cancer between the ages of 13-24

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End Date Dec 2021

Identifying ways to improve diabetes management during cancer treatments

This study aims to understand people’s experiences of managing diabetes during cancer treatments. We want to identify ways to best support and help people to manage their diabetes whilst they undergo treatments for cancer.

Cancer Type

All

Location

All

Eligibility

We are talking to people with diabetes (type 1 or 2) who are being treated for breast, bowel or prostate cancer, or have been in the past 3 years.

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End Date Jan 2022

Interview (video call or by telephone) – The impact of bowel cancer on sexuality and intimacy: The experiences of sexual minority men

Bowel cancer and its treatment can significantly impact on a person’s sexuality and intimacy, resulting in considerable changes to sexual function, relationships, and self-esteem. People from sexual minorities often have to contend with these changes whilst navigating healthcare settings which are centred around heteronormative principles and practices, resulting in difficulties receiving relevant support and advice. The research project aims to explore how men who have sex with men experience their sexuality and intimacy in the context of bowel cancer. Themes from the study can be used to inform healthcare professionals about the ways sexual minority men navigate their sexual and intimate relationships post-cancer, to ensure the advice they provide is relevant and meeting their needs.

Cancer Type

Bowel

Location

All

Eligibility

Males over the age of 18 years old who self-identify as men who have sex with men can take part. They must have received a diagnosis of bowel/colorectal cancer. They must be in remission and have completed any treatments at least six months prior to taking part.

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End Date Feb 2022

Online survey - Assessing sleep disruptions, fatigue and mood disturbances in people affected by breast cancer

Mental health difficulties are a large public health concern across the world, and particularly for the breast cancer population who typically show higher rates than the general population. Sleep disruptions, fatigue and mood disturbances (such as anxiety and depression) are particularly common. However, we do not have good evidence of how widespread these symptoms are in those affected by breast cancer, and furthermore, an understanding of what the relationship between them may be. The aim of this research study is therefore to find this out. The results of this study would highlight the needs of people affected by breast cancer and inform the direction of future research and interventions, with the aim of minimising side-effects of diagnosis and treatment and improving quality of life.

Cancer Type

Breast

Location

All

Eligibility

Anyone can take part who is 18 years or older, lives in the UK and has been diagnosed with breast cancer (at any point).

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