Clinical trials are an essential step towards getting new treatments and detection tests into the clinic.
Liz Chipchase signed up for a clinical trial, unaware it would be a decision that would save her life.
She took part in the BEST3 trial, which studies the effectiveness of the Cytosponge.
The Cytosponge, or ‘Pill on a String’, collects cells from the food pipe, which is also called the oesophagus. The cells then undergo molecular testing in the lab. These tests look for signs of a condition called Barrett’s oesophagus, which in some cases can develop into cancer.
Early Diagnosis is Key #CatchItEarlyOesophageal cancer like many other cancers does not discriminate between age or sex and knowing and recognising the signs and symptoms are crucial to early diagnosis. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms for longer than 3 weeks you should consult your doctor.
- Persistent Indigestion
- Difficulty swallowing or food sticking
- Heartburn acid reflux
- Hiccupping that wont go away
- Unexplained weight loss.