Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey

Take part in the survey and help generate the top 10 priorities for future research in the early detection of cancer

Survey open: 1 December 2018 – 28 February 2019

Almost 360,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year*.

It is critical that cancer is detected as early as possible because this is when treatment is most likely to be effective.

To make sure that research in this area is useful we want to understand what is important to:

·         patients

·         their relatives

·         healthcare professionals

·         the public

Our aim is to gather unanswered research questions on detecting cancer early and generate a top 10 set of research priorities.

You can provide your ideas about what is important in cancer early detection research by completing the survey.  Thoughts about all cancer types can be included in your survey suggestions.

Taking the Survey

The Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey is hosted by The University of Manchester and you can access it on this link.

You will also find suggestions about areas you may want to consider in cancer early detection and some examples of research questions generated by other studies.

Please note: this project is not about cancer in children (under 18 years) or when treatment fails and cancer comes back.

The survey, which should take around 10 minutes to complete, is open from 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019.

After the survey – staying involved

After the survey closes the submitted research ideas will be carefully reviewed through a predefined process.   At a prioritisation workshop, to be held in early summer 2019, patients, carers and healthcare professionals will work together to decide on the top 10 most important questions identified by this survey.

If you would be interested in attending the prioritisation workshop please let us know using the contact details below.

Survey contact

Please direct any questions to:

Dr Ellena Badrick – Survey Project Manager & Cancer Data Scientist

Telephone: 0161 918 2349  Email:

Address: NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, MCRC Building, 555 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4GJ

About the survey

The Detecting Cancer Early Research Priorities Survey is a being run as a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) project using the internationally recognised James Lind Alliance methodology.  A PSP aims to bring together patients, carers and healthcare professionals to jointly identify priorities for research.

The project steering group comprises patient representatives, researchers and healthcare professionals.  It has been approved by The University of Manchester’s Research Ethics Committee (reference number: 2018-4400-7542).

Access the survey here

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