Excellence in Cancer Research Award winner: Bone Cancer Research Team

Excellence in Cancer Research Award winner: Bone Cancer Research Trust PoPP Study Team

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Research exploring the perception and experiences of teenagers, young adults and professionals of bone cancer trials has yielded potential strategies for increasing their enrolment in the future. The study – Bone Cancer Research Trust Perceptions of Patients and Professionals (BRCT PoPP) – about clinical trial participation was developed and led by nurses. The team conducted semi-structured interviews using narrative inquiry with 21 young people aged 15 to 24 years and 18 health professionals. The study found factors that influence their participation, including the importance and design of the clinical trial, communicating with young people in an age-specific manner, using language young people are comfortable with, and ensuring support from family, peers and professionals. The study also found that the environment the teenager/young adult was being treated in was also important, as was the involvement of a clinical nurse specialist.

Picture credit: Barney Newman

The Excellence in Cancer Research Award is supported by Cancer Nursing Practice and sponsored by Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It is committed to improving the lives of those affected by cancer and discovering kinder, more effective treatments for patients. Cancer Research UK supports more than 250 clinical trials across the UK, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Joining a clinical trial may have benefits for patients, as well as helping new treatments become available. Its unique clinical trials database lists all trials around the UK supported by Cancer Research UK and others. Searchable by trial name, cancer type or location, the database includes details of trials recruiting patients, as well as results from earlier trials. Written specifically for patients, it provides reliable, easy to understand information and is updated daily. Visit the clinical trials database at CRUK.org/trials