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NCRI Living with and Beyond Cancer Group shaping research

The NCRI Living With and Beyond Cancer Group has supported several trials looking at lifestyle changes that help with recovery from treatment, health restoration and quality of life. These have included PROPEL and PreopFit, which are investigating prehabilitation interventions, Benefit, looking at behaviours, exercise and nutrition for fatigue and Vinehealth, a digital health solution. The group has also supported the recruitment of patients into a number of trials focused on cancers of unknown primary, including CIPISCO, CUPem, PEACE and CUP TCGA. 

Ensuring living with and beyond cancer is a priority for all NCRI Groups

As the NCRI Groups identify challenges, opportunities and gaps in their areas of expertise, living with and beyond cancer is routinely identified as an opportunity to improve outcomes for patients. Improving outcomes for elderly or frail patients, patients with poor prognosis and patients who are ineligible for active oncological treatment has been identified as a strategic priority by the NCRI Brain Group and sessions specific to living with and beyond cancer have been held by the NCRI Breast and Lung Groups. 

Shining a light on living with and beyond cancer research through events

NCRI Festival, November 2021

NCRI continues to champion research into living with and beyond cancer and the priorities identified in the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. At the NCRI Festival, experts discussed the side effects of cancer treatment, including fatigue and pain, and if researchers can predict side effects. In addition, researchers presented abstracts on living with and beyond cancer interventions and trials in palliative settings on the research stage. 

In conversation with… Leorey Saligan, NCRI Prime, July 2021

Dr Leorey Saligan discussed the nature and causes of cancer-related fatigue and how he has been introducing clinically relevant approaches to understand and identify biobehavioural mechanisms of cancer-related fatigue to develop more effective ways to manage it .