Research Involvement Network opportunity: Understanding the best setting within NHS Scotland for a potential new blood test for the early diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Join the discussion to help determine the best potential setting within the NHS Scotland Pathway for a new blood test for the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Type of opportunity

Members of the Research Involvement Network that are based in Scotland are invited to take part in an online focus group, held via Zoom, on Monday 20th September between 09.30-12.45. Participants will include attendees with various backgrounds including clinicians, health professionals, policymakers and people affected by pancreatic cancer.

Those who take part will be offered £75 of preferred supermarket or Amazon vouchers as a thank you for their time and input.

About the study

Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Pancreatic Cancer UK Early Diagnosis Research Alliance supports dozens of research minds from charities, universities, and hospital research teams across the UK drive down the time to diagnosis for people with pancreatic cancer.

The overall goal of this research is to talk to people affected by pancreatic cancer, hospital specialists, GPs, and government policy makers, to help determine the best potential setting for a new blood test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. By participating in this research, you will be contributing to the earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer as these findings will help inform the benefits of a new test according to costs over current or other methods of diagnosis.

How will the study benefit people affected by pancreatic cancer?

The information that you provide will help support the research behind the development of a future blood test that could potentially help diagnose more patients with pancreatic cancer at a stage when they can undergo treatment and potentially live longer.

Who is conducting the research?

Researchers from the University of Strathclyde will be conducting the research. They are also working alongside a team at Imperial College London who held a similar focus group in December 2020 which focussed on implementation of the blood test in England.

Who can take up this opportunity?

This opportunity is aimed at any members of the Research Involvement Network that are based in Scotland and are willing to discuss their experience with the NHS diagnosis pathway. All participants must be over the age of 18.

What next/who to contact:

If you would be interested in taking part in the focus group, then please contact research@pancreaticcancer.org.uk with a short description of your experience of pancreatic cancer and details of where you are based by no later than 31st August 2021.