New study to help students living with cancer
A new research project is about to be launched to look at the experiences of teenage and young adults living with cancer.
Over three years the BRIGHTLIGHT study, funded by the NIHR, will look at how the care received by this group affects their quality of life and experience of cancer treatment.
The BRIGHTLIGHT Core research team will be based at University College London Hospitals. Between July 2012 and December 2013 over two thousand 13 to 24 year olds who have been diagnosed with cancer will be recruited. A survey will be carried out 5 and 8 months after diagnosis, then annually for 3 years.
Each year in England 2,000 young people aged 13 to 24 are diagnosed with cancer. Evidence has suggested that the outcomes of cancer treatment for those in this age bracket falls short of that achieved in other age groups, and that the psycho-social support and needs of those affected are poorly met by paediatric or adult cancer services.
BRIGHTLIGHT aims to evaluate the effectiveness of specialist cancer services for those young people involved. The study will be used to help organise future cancer services so they have the best chance of returning to as healthy a life as possible after treatment.
The survey will measure quality-of-life, satisfaction with care, progress in education and employment, and details of the quality of treatment.