Launch of Patient Decision Aid

Melanoma Focus (http://www.melanomafocus.com) has launched its Patient Decision Aid (PDA), whose aim is to inform people about melanoma and guide patients through the decisions they will need to take during their treatment.

By helping people to understand their options, this new online tool should improve the effectiveness of conversations between melanoma specialists and their patients.

The PDA may be accessed via http://melanomafocus.com/information-portal/pda/. Melanoma Focus hope clinicians and nurses will tell their patients about it.

Could you give 15 minutes of your time and a blood sample to help our research?

Are you based in Leeds?

We are a melanoma research group led by Professor JA Newton-Bishop and we aim to develop a blood test that measures immune function.

We are doing this by comparing the genetic information in the immune cells of individuals who have illnesses that affect the immune system such as cancer and inflammatory disease.

Crucially, we need to establish what is ‘normal’ genetic information in immune cells and we will do this by looking at the blood of healthy people.

We need volunteers to donate 21ml of blood, answer a short health questionnaire and have basic measurements taken such as height, weight and blood pressure.
You could help us if you are:
·         Aged 18-66 (70 if have previously given blood)

 

Unfortunately we are unable to recruit people to this study who:
·         Have suffered with cancer in the last 5 years
·         Have an auto-immune disease (such as Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis)
·         Have diabetes
·         Have significant cardiovascular disease
·         Have any infectious illness such as TB, Hepatitis or HIV

 

See our website for further information and to book an appointment with a researcher to take part:

https://immunityinillness.wixsite.com/pbtrecruitment

We are currently recruiting from St James’s hospital. If you are based at LGI or the University and are keen to volunteer please contact our researchers via the website and we can arrange to come and see you closer to your work place.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Yours faithfully,

Dr Sarah Craig
Academic Clinical Fellow

Christy Walker
Senior Research Nurse

On behalf of:
Professor Julia Newton-Bishop
Professor of Dermatology
Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics