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Cancer Studies

The Cancer Network supports a wide range of clinical studies which are helping to progress cancer care in Scotland and beyond and all Scottish research ongoing within the network is registered with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The cancer clinical trial portfolio is very dynamic and is frequently changing as studies open and close to recruitment. Across Scotland, there is a wide range of clinical trials happening in different disease sites. Information on trials happening in the UK can be found on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway and the Cancer Research UK website. For specific information on trials happening in Scotland please contact your cancer professional or your local cancer research network.

To highlight the clinical trials happening in Scotland the cancer research network will feature current trials happening during the different cancer awareness months that take place throughout the year.


January – Cervical Cancer Awareness


Cervical Cancer is a cancer that develops in the lower part of the womb between the womb and the vagina. It can affect women of any age but tends to be more common in women between the ages of 30-45 years old. Approximately 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year. It is the 13th most common cancer.

Women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every 5 years. It is very important to be checked as the test can show up any abnormal cells in the cervical area very early on.

For more information please click on the link to the Cancer Research UK website here


Trials Spotlight


A growing number of people are living for many more years after a diagnosis of cancer and after going through cancer treatment. However no one has studied how it affects people and found out what would be the best way to support people throughout this difficult time. The aim of this study is to find out how a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment affects people in the short, medium and long term. The study will be aimed at those suffering from certain types of cancer including cervical cancer. Patients will be asked to fill in questionnaires before, during and after their treatments on their health and well being, and also on their treatment and how it is affecting them physically and emotionally. This study is recruiting patients throughout Scotland.

Further information is available here



Doctors often treat advanced cervical cancer, which cannot be removed with surgery, with radiotherapy in combination with a chemotherapy drug cisplatin. This is called chemoradiation treatment. This phase 3 study is investigating whether it is more effective to have 2 new drugs called carboplatin and paclitaxel six weeks before the chemoradiation treatment and whether this makes the treatment more effective than having the standard treatment alone. This study is recruiting patients at the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow.

More information on this study is available here



This phase 3 study is comparing two types of surgery for women with early stage/ low risk cervical cancer. The standard surgery is usually to have a radical hysterectomy which removes the cervix, womb, upper vagina and pelvic lymph nodes. This has proved to be effective to remove the cancer but can leave long term side effects and cause future medical issues. Therefore a more simple hysterectomy will be given to some patients to see if this is just as effective but provides a better quality of life post diagnosis and treatment. However patients may still need chemotherapy or radiotherapy after their operations. The study will follow patients over the years following their surgery and ask them to fill in a quality of life questionnaire asking them to answer questions on their health including their sexual health. This study is currently still recruiting in Aberdeen.

Information on this study can be found here