Previous projects within the Cancer Group include:
BRACED (The BRAin Cancer Early Detection study) was a qualitative study of patient perspectives on factors affecting timely diagnosis of primary brain tumours. Brain tumours can be difficult for doctors to recognise early because the symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. By talking to patients who have just been given a brain tumour diagnosis we hoped to improve our understanding of what happens to patients from when they first notice things don’t ‘feel right’, or start to feel unwell, to being diagnosed.
For more information read 2018’s paper in Neuro-Oncology
The SYMPTOM Study
This was a prospective cohort study that aimed to identify symptoms and other clinical and sociodemographic factors associated with pancreatic cancer diagnosis, to inform public awareness and general practice based interventions.Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in the UK; however, outcomes are poor, in part due to late diagnosis.
For more information read 2016’s paper in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology
The Melanoma Interview Study
This was a qualitative study to explore symptom appraisal and help-seeking decisions among patients recently diagnosed with melanomas, and to compare experiences of people with ‘thinner’ and ‘thicker’) melanomas, as thickness at diagnosis is an important prognostic feature. The findings provide guidance for melanoma awareness campaigns on more appropriate images, helpful descriptive language and the need to stress the often apparently innocuous nature of potentially serious skin changes.
For more information read 2014’s paper in BMJ Open
MoleMate UK TRIAL
This was a trial to assess whether using the MoleMate system (SIAscopy plus an algorithm specifically developed for primary care) would lead to more accurate diagnosis of suspicious pigmented lesions. A sample of primary care practitioners were trained to operate the diagnostic tool to identify the seven features of suspicious pigmented lesions (SPLs) with data on feature recognition and the time taken to conduct the assessment of each lesion collected.
Read more in the evaluation published in the Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
The FAST Study
The FAST Study developed and validated a short questionnaire screening tool based on family history to identify groups of primary care patients at risk of four chronic diseases: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colorectal cancer. These conditions were selected as marker conditions as they fulfilled screening criteria, and effective interventions and lifestyle strategies exist for their primary and secondary prevention.
Our group is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. We welcome medical students seeking research experience as part of their SSC rotation. Lists of past and current SSC projects can be found on the Primary Care Unit website. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more.