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Cancer Research in Scotland

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 Be Part of Research platform 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.




June is the month for Men’s Health Week (12th - 18th June). This is about encouraging all men to take care of their bodies by eating well, exercising, and working to prevent disease. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases, including cancer.                                           

This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.

For more information and how you can get involved, visit the Men's Health Forum website.


Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer affecting the prostate gland and only affects men. The prostate is a small gland at the base of the bladder, about the size of a walnut but gets bigger as men get older. Symptoms to be aware of are an increased urge to urinate, getting up more frequently in the night to urinate or sometimes difficulty emptying the bladder. It is the most common form of cancer in men and affects over 46,000 men a year.

For more information on prostate cancer please visit Cancer Research UK and Prostate Cancer UK.


Trial Spotlight


This trial is to find out if having radiotherapy to the lymph nodes in the pelvis as well as the prostate, improves treatment for prostate cancer, and to see if extra boosts of radiotherapy to the prostate is a useful treatment.

It is for men with a medium to high risk of their cancer coming back

This study is recruiting in Aberdeen and Glasgow and Inverness.



This trial is looking at radiotherapy to nearby lymph nodes in addition to radiotherapy to the prostate. It is open to men having radiotherapy for the first time and will be given alongside hormone therapy.

This study is currently recruiting in Aberdeen


UK Genetic Prostate Cancer Study (UKGPCS)

This study is trying to find out more about how a family history of the disease can increase a man's risk of prostate cancer.

This study is recruiting nationally.


Testicular Cancer

This is cancer that develops in the testicles. It is fairly rare and only around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK. About 50% of those diagnosed are men under 35 years old. It is very important to examine the testicles regularly to check for any changes and go to the doctor if you notice any pain, lump or swelling in the testicles. If caught in time it can be effectively treated and deaths are rare.

It probably won’t be cancer - about 1 lump in 25 is cancerous - but it could be the sign of another condition which if not treated may cause you - and your sex life - serious problems in the future:

For more information on testicular cancer please visit Cancer Research UK


Trial Spotlight


The aim of the study is to determine if accelerated BEP chemotherapy is superior to standard BEP as a 1st line therapy for patients with intermediate and poor-risk metastatic germ cell tumours. Germ cell tumours (GCTs) account for 98% of all testicular cancers.

This study is currently recruiting patients in Glasgow and Aberdeen.



Cervical Screening Awareness Week

                    19th-24th June 2023                             

Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year.  More than half of cases in the UK are diagnosed in women aged 45 or under. Cervical screening is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer across the UK.

If you are due cervical screening, whether it’s your first or your last test, we’re going to help you understand what to expect when you go. Please visit Cancer Research UK and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust