Take part in a research study
Research discoveries can’t happen on their own. Scientists need your valued input.
You can play a vital role in breast cancer research by volunteering to take part in a research study.
Studies can range from filling in survey questions, to large scale clinical trials that test the benefit of potential new therapies. All studies help towards developing better support and treatments for patients.
If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, you should always consult your healthcare team or GP.
Opportunities to take part in breast cancer research studies are listed below. All projects have been reviewed to ensure they have the appropriate ethical approval. If you wish to list your project on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Associations of Ethnicity and Breast Cancer
Institution: Oxford Population Health (University of Oxford)
Type of study: Patient and Public Involvement Group
Dates: begins March/April 2024, initial deadline for applications 14th February
The study will investigate why women of African, Caribbean, Indian and Pakistani backgrounds are less likely to get breast cancer but more likely to have more aggressive forms of the disease when they do.
For this new research, we would like to invite 20 women with experience of breast cancer to help us shape how this new research is designed, delivered and disseminated. We are inviting 20 women aged 25 years or older living in the UK who are from African, Caribbean, Indian and Pakistani backgrounds to join our group.
Women who are involved in this group will help us make sure that we support research that is grounded in the needs of patients and their communities. Group members will help us highlight the issues that are important to patients, carers and community members. Members will be supported right from the start and offered training if needed and compensated for their involvement.Register your interest
Identifying Barriers to Accessing an Online Pathway for Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
Institution: Brighton and Sussex Medical School (SHORE-C)
Location: UK-wide recruitment
Type of study: telephone interview
Dates: date/time of participant’s choice
Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School are looking for people with breast cancer to take part in an interview for their views about receiving genetic test information and results online. The findings will help doctors introduce this in their clinics and improve accessibility for under-served patients.
We are looking for people with breast cancer (past/present diagnosis) who fit one or more of the following criteria: aged 70 years or over, from a non-white ethnic or socioeconomically disadvantaged background (for example, low household income, unemployed or lack of educational qualifications).
If you are interested, please contact email@example.com or 01273 873019. We offer a £25 voucher for participation.
Treatment for sleep problems in breast cancer survivors
Institution: University of Strathclyde
Type of study: Intervention trial
Dates: Recruitment closes March 2024
Sleep problems are a common issue among those diagnosed with breast cancer, and one of the most frequent side effects of hormone therapy medication, such as Tamoxifen. This study aims to investigate whether supporting breast cancer survivors to improve their sleep could help them to take their hormone therapy medication.
We are offering online cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, which is the recommended treatment for sleep problems. We are looking to recruit people who struggle with their sleep, are prescribed hormone therapy as breast cancer treatment, and who sometimes find it difficult to take their medication as prescribed (e.g., feeling the need to take a break from their medication, or forgetting to take medication sometimes).
The results of this study will be used to encourage future research and support funding applications to develop more services to support breast cancer patients and survivors who struggle with poor sleep. For further information, contact the lead researcher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using photo-interviewing and IPA to understand the experience of living with metastatic breast cancer in men and women
Institution: De Montfort University Leicester
Type of study: Photography / online interview
Dates: Recruitment closes 10 July 2023
This study aims to understand the lived experiences of both men and women living with metastatic breast cancer by using participant authored photographs combined with semi-structured interviews.
Currently this is a highly under-researched area and therefore is important we study it to better inform healthcare and support services. Further, the experiences of Men living with metastatic breast cancer has scarcely been studied, if ever, further highlighting the importance of this inquiry.
Understandably this can be an emotional topic, but the study aims to provide a voice for those living with metastatic breast cancer. This study is being done as part of an MSc qualification in Health PsychologyContact Lead Researcher
CANDO-3: Body Composition and chemotherapy toxicity in women with early breast cancer
Institution: University of Southampton
Location: Oxford, Exeter, Manchester, Portsmouth, Truro, Leeds, Salisbury, Southampton
Type of study: Clinical
Dates: July 2020 – February 2025 (recruitment ends May 2024)
Researchers at the University of Southampton wish to investigate how different patterns of body composition affect the response to chemotherapy treatment in women with early breast cancer.
Chemotherapy doses are currently calculated from a patient’s height and weight. Patients with the same height and weight can have different amounts of blood, muscle and fatty tissue which can all affect the behaviour of chemotherapy drugs. This may be important for optimising chemotherapy treatment.
Researchers wish to recruit patients from 8 participating hospital sites in the UK. In this observational cohort study they will be collecting bioelectrical impedance body composition data from women receiving routine chemotherapy before or after breast surgery. They will also collect information for each patient about the chemotherapy drugs and doses they receive and the side effects they experience. Information gained from this study will help to improve the future care of women with breast cancer. For more information please email: email@example.com