A total of 229 patients at Eynsham Medical Centre are taking part in research that could help GPs spot cancer earlier, and reduce the number of people undergoing unnecessary tests. This puts Eynsham above all other participating GP practices in Oxfordshire.
The CANDID (CANcer DIagnosis Decision Rules) study is looking at common early symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, to identify which may be important for a possible diagnosis of lung or bowel cancer, and which are not. The study could thereby improve early detection of lung and bowel cancer in the UK, saving lives and leading to considerable long-term savings for the NHS. The study is funded and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS.
Dr Ian Binnian is a GP and leads the study at the Eynsham Medical Centre. He said: “The majority of patients who come to their doctor with lung symptoms (for example cough) or bowel symptoms (for example loose stool) do not have anything seriously wrong. However, a very few people are at risk of cancer. We would like to help doctors diagnose cancer quickly so that potential high risk patients are detected sooner and unnecessary examinations are minimised for those patients that are low risk. This research is about finding what symptoms and examinations are best for predicting lung and bowel cancer. In addition, blood and saliva samples will be analysed to offer vital new clues about the early development of lung and bowel cancer.”
“We are obviously pleased with our patients’ participation so far, but there is still a long way to go. We need thousands and thousands of volunteers, which is why this study is so large. We are extremely grateful for our patients’ willingness to take part. Participation involves a single visit, so the time commitment for each individual patient is kept at a minimum. A medical notes review is carried out by the GP two years after the participant visit”.”
CANDID aims to recruit 20,000 patients across England and Wales by September 2016. To date, study teams around the country have recruited just over 8,200 participants.
For more information, patients are invited to pick up a leaflet in the surgery or speak to one of the doctors.