Clinical Trials with Cancer Research

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.

Read more here: https://crukcambridgecentre.org.uk/news/clinical-trial-found-my-cancer-and-saved-my-life

 

What is Oesophago-Gastric Cancer?

Oesophageal cancer is cancer of the gullet and gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. Combined, they are medically known as oesophago-gastric (OG) cancer. The oesophagus (more commonly known as the gullet or food pipe) is the long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. In Northern Ireland in 2016, a total of 226 people were diagnosed with oesophageal (gullet) cancer. In the same year, 214 people were newly diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer.

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