Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer or experienced any breast cancer symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic? This study aims to investigate patient’s experiences of arranging an appointment with a GP or accessing cancer services.

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What's the title of the study?

Barriers and facilitators to engaging with health services for patients with breast cancer symptoms or a breast cancer diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic

What's the study about?

Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University are concerned about the drop in the number of people attending their General Practitioner (GP) with potential symptoms of breast cancer during the pandemic and lower referrals to cancer services during this period.  This research study wants to investigate patient’s experiences of arranging an appointment with a GP or accessing cancer services for suspected breast cancer during the pandemic. You can find out more information in the participation sheet.

Who's organising it?

Heather Drury-Smith

Sheffield Hallam University


What are the criteria for taking part?

You can take part if:

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You have experienced any of the following symptoms; breast lump, breast pain, axilla lump, dimpling, change of skin colour over the breast, inverted nipple, nipple discharge, change of breast shape or size or
  • You have been diagnosed with breast cancer before or during the lockdown which began in March 2020

What do I need to do?

The study would involve a 1-1 interview with the researcher, either by telephone or as a virtual call via a computer, according to your preference. If you would like to hear more or you are interested in taking part in the study please contact Heather Drury-Smith at h.drury-smith@shu.ac.uk.

When's the deadline?

This is an ongoing project.

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