HORIZONS is a cohort study to explore recovery of health and well-being in adults diagnosed with cancer. Experiences and outcomes of cancer treatment and care are changing. A growing number of people are experiencing cancer not as a life-limiting disease, but as a life-changing and long-term condition. There is a growing imperative to understand the changing landscape of cancer and its consequences: as we do so, we will be better able to inform the design and delivery of cost effective interventions that make possible supported self-management, as well as service organization and delivery.
The key research questions are:
What impact does cancer and its treatment have on the lives of people diagnosed with cancer in the short, medium and long term?
What are the health outcomes, experiences and self-management activities over the life-course across different cancer types and who and what influence these?
HORIZONS is a series of prospective cohort studies of adults treated for non-metastatic cancer to capture their health outcomes and experiences from before they begin active treatment and regularly over their life-course. Our initial cancer cohorts will be breast cancer (diagnosed under age 50), non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and gynaecological cancers (ovarian, cervical, uterine). We will start recruitment with three pilot sites in NHS Trusts before rolling out full recruitment to approximately 50 NHS secondary care Trusts. Questionnaires will be completed before treatment (baseline), and followed up at regular intervals.
We will maintain and develop HORIZONS as a national and international resource to explore consequences of different cancer diagnoses and treatments from the individual perspective across the life-course.