New study to improve the lives of people after cancer treatment
The Royal Surrey County Hospital is taking part in a landmark study to improve the lives of people who have been treated for cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that 2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK[i], with this figure rising by three per cent each year. Though more and more people are surviving cancer, many people experience long-term side effects caused by the disease and its treatment. More research is needed to understand the experiences and needs of those before, during, and after treatment.
The HORIZONS study, led by the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group at the University of Southampton and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, is aiming to find out how a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment affects people in the short, medium, and long term.
HORIZONS will recruit 3,000 cancer patients from across the UK at the point of diagnosis, and follow them up using a questionnaire survey throughout their treatment and beyond, for a number of years.
The study currently recruits breast cancer patients diagnosed under 50 years old, gynaecological cancer patients, and those with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Professor Claire Foster, from the University of Southampton and Chief Investigator for HORIZONS, said: “The general focus for cancer research has been on cure and prevention of the disease, which is really important. What we want to do is better understand the impact that cancer and its treatment can have on people’s everyday lives.
“By carefully capturing detailed evidence of patient’s histories and experiences over time, we will be in a much better position to understand what consequences are faced when, and what can be done to improve the lives of people living with and beyond cancer.”
Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“I am delighted that Macmillan is involved in this valuable study, as understanding the impact that cancer and its treatment can have on people affected by the illness is one of our top priorities. The HORIZONS study will provide valuable insights into patients’ experiences, and this will help us to ensure we are providing the best possible support for people affected by cancer.”
For general information about HORIZONS visit http://www.horizons-hub.org.uk/