We have provided links to organisations below which are associated with the Discovery Programme or are closely aligned with its aims.
The Discovery Programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). To find out more about the NIHR and the research they support click here
The National Early Awareness Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) is a partnership between the Department of Health, the National Cancer Action Team and Cancer Research UK. It was established in 2007 to further research that leads to the early diagnosis of cancer. To read more about the work that NAEDI does, click here
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is a leading cancer charity that supports research into cancer awareness, prevention and treatment. To read more about the work of CRUK please click here
INVOLVE is a national advisory group supporting public involvement in health research to ensure that the research process is focused on what is important to people and also that it is relevant and acceptable to the public. To read more about INVOLVE please click here
New Discovery Research publication
The SYMPTOM Study team's research into symptom appraisal for colorectal cancer has been published in BMJ Open. This is a unique piece of research which compares the appraisal and help seeking experiences of patients with colorectal cancer symptoms who go on to have cancer and those who turn out to have non-cancer conditions. The research did not identify any clear differences between the two groups but did identify important barriers to presentation around the ‘private nature’ of colorectal symptoms which will prove useful to policy makers and the design of awareness campaigns. To read more about the research paper see the results section here.
Discovery conference slides available & new research publications
The Discovery Programme held its research conference at the Royal College of General Practitioners on June 2nd 2015. The team presented their research findings and outlined the impact of the programme to a wide range of patient groups, clinicians, policy makers, researchers and journalists. The PowerPoint slides used during the presentation have been uploaded to this website and can be viewed here.
There are also 2 new research papers to report. Chantal Balasooriya-Smeekens has published the literature review of her PhD in Psycho-Oncology, "The role of emotions in time to presentation for symptoms suggestive of cancer: a systematic review of quantitative studies". Abstract and publication details are here and further papers from Chantal's PhD will be published soon.
Nafees Din has published a new paper under the Discovery related research umbrella. The paper uses Discovery data drawn from the CAPER (theme 2) studies and considers "Age and Gender Variations in Cancer Diagnostic Intervals in 15 Cancers". Full publication details and abstract can be found here.