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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Volunteers Needed for Symptoms of Potential Lung Cancer Project

21 June 2017

Researchers from the University of Manchester are looking for people with symptoms that can (in rare cases!) be related to lung cancer, to help them test a symptom checker website

Studies have shown that people with lung cancer symptoms often wait for several months before seeing a doctor. This can make the disease more difficult to treat. People often don’t recognise the warning signs, or put off seeing their doctor for other reasons. What is more, people often struggle to communicate with their doctors effectively. 

The Manchester research team therefore developed a website (“When2Go”), which provides information about symptoms, risk factors and when to see a doctor. It also gives some useful pointers of what information to discuss with the doctor, and what tests to request. It was developed by a team of psychologists, computer scientists, and NHS health professionals. 

The research team now need people with relevant symptoms to help them test this website. The study takes place online and takes about 15-20 minutes. Participants would be required to answer a few questions about themselves and their symptoms, and would then be provided with some information. 

You can participate in this study if you have any respiratory symptoms (such as coughing, wheezing, breathlessness…), or any chest/shoulder/back pain, or any unexplained tiredness or weight loss. You need to be at least 18 years old and living in the UK. 

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