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SPECIAL: Standard or PalliativE Care In Advanced Lung cancer

Does early referral of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer to UK specialist palliative care services make a difference in their quality of life or survival?

 Chief Investigators:
Emeritus Professor Sam H Ahmedzai
 Sponsor: Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
 Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme 
 Disease Site: Lung; Specialist palliative care
 Trial Type: Non-Investigational Medicinal Product (ie. non-IMP or non-CTIMP), observational study
 Status: Closed
 UKCRN Study ID: 18810
 ISRCTN Referance Number: 13337289
 Open to New Sites? No
 Recruitment Start Date: 12-Jan-2016
 Recruitment End Date:


CRCTU Trial Management Team:  Late Phase Trial Management Team - A
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SPECIAL was a randomised trial with an integral (non-randomised) observational feasibility study looking at current standard referral practices for patients newly diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer to palliative care specialists/teams.  The trial closed during the feasibility stage.

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Trial Summary

Trial Protocol

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The trial in now closed.