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Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey

Between December 2018 – February 2019 we ran a survey to identify under-researched topics in cancer research that could help detect the disease sooner.

Cancer Early Detection Survey - Dr Ellena Badrick

We had over 1300 responses from adult patients, their family and friends, carers, health professionals and academics, who shared their views on how we could detect the disease sooner.

For our next phase of research, we’ve collated these responses into 50 questions which look at different ways we could improve care and detect cancer sooner. Each question addresses an area with little or no previous research.

We now want your help by choosing 10 of these questions which you feel are the most important. You can do this by clicking the link below and following instructions.

Click here to choose your 10 questions

This part of the survey will close Sunday 4 August 2019.

Once completed, you can also leave your contact details if you would like to be contacted with the chance to take part in our upcoming workshop in September (further details below).

Next steps and taking part

The most popular questions from this latest survey will used to draw up a ‘long list’ of 20-30 questions. This will then go to a workshop in September, where we’re inviting patients, families and professionals along to help draw up our final top 10 priorities.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 4 September, 10am – 4pm at a venue in Manchester city centre.

If you are interested in the workshop, please get in touch via the details at the bottom of the page.

Please note, the maximum number of participants for the workshop is 30, and we want to have an equal number of patients, family members, health professionals and carers. Whilst we will try to invite everyone who has shown interest, this may not be possible.

Over the summer we will be in touch with further details about the workshop and may ask you a few questions about why you want to take part.

Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey

Stay up-to-date and get in touch

This page will be regularly as our research progresses. You can also follow updates on Twitter @EarlyPSP.

Alternatively, please contact:

Dr Ellena Badrick
Survey Project Manager & Cancer Data Scientist
0161 918 2349

Further information about this research

Almost 360,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year*. Detecting cancer as early as possible is critical to patients getting the most effective treatment.

The aim of the Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey to gather unanswered research questions on detecting cancer early and generate a top 10 set of priorities to inform future research in this area.

It uses a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) methodology from the internationally recognised James Lind Alliance. A PSP aims to bring together patients, carers and healthcare professionals to jointly identify priorities for research.

The survey is being run in collaboration with NIHR Manchester BRC, The University of Manchester and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

The project steering group comprises patient representatives, researchers and healthcare professionals. It has been approved by The University of Manchester’s Research Ethics Committee (reference number: 2018-4400-7542).

*2001 – 2015 incidence figures compiled for each nation from Office for National Statistics, ISD Scotland, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.