cancer-researchThere are more than 200 types of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments. In 2010, an average of 890 people in the UK were diagnosed with cancer each day, and today, every two minutes someone else will receive that most dreaded diagnosis. These facts, and many others like them, have been collected from information gathered during cancer clinical research studies and are used to spread awareness, generate new technologies to approach the disease and work towards finding a cure for each and every kind. Because it is so vast and so common, cancer is one of the most widely researched diseases in the world.


Last year, Cancer Research UK alone spent £43 million on clinical trials that explored new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Doctors and professors carried out numerous studies concentrating on a variety of cancers and areas within each disease such as improving treatment for children and young people with glioma, and discovering the best way to give radiotherapy at the same time as chemotherapy to patients with small cell lung cancer. Each of these studies will have been meticulously planned and carried out with the utmost care and attention. When carrying out research of such importance that may focus on particularly vulnerable patients, it is necessary to choose an appropriate method of data collection in order to receive the most useable and useful data possible…


Delivering quantifiable cancer clinical research

Clinical research data capture is a process that, while often complicated due to the many formats and stages through which information can be collected, can be vital to cancer research. At Document Capture Co, we can provide tailored data capture solutions for specific illnesses and projects so that you can accumulate the information you need in the most efficient and cost effective ways possible…


Internet-based collaboration – When conducting cancer research, it is likely you will need to collaborate with a number of different teams working across various locations, so you will need to be able to input your data into a digital database that is centralised and accessible to those who require the information. Web-based forms and accessible results dashboards will allow multiple users to log-in and add information to help create specific information collecting tools for different patients, nurses or research professionals involved in your study so that they can all provide relevant, detailed information. They allow you to accumulate big data and process it in real time to create responsive analytical tools.


High speed paper questionnaire processing – Sometimes, when the collection of data is particularly imperative, it can be preferable to conduct your research without the worry of losing signal, suffering a technological malfunction or running out of power. While using pen and paper may seem a dated method, the ability to scan documents into your system and use a software that can automatically glean the information collected for useable data ensures it remains a popular solution. Furthermore, it enables you to adhere to those who might not be comfortable or able to use technology, and means you can make notes wherever you are. We’re even able to electronically convert free text into searchable, shareable and analysable data at a later date.


Dashboard insights and analytics

In order to make the most of the information or data that you have collected, you must be able to visualise it so that you can better note the information useful to make effective changes and improvements to cancer research. Using a secure dashboard accessible online from anywhere in the world will allow multiple teams to examine the data and give them access to responsive charts, graphs and information that could work in tandem with any data they have collected. Dashboard insights offer the chance to analyse and question data in real time to observe how it responds, providing visual clues to interpret connections and patterns.


The importance of cancer clinical research is obvious in the fact that cancer is such a commonality in the community, and that charities such as Cancer Research make progress in their clinical research every year. At DCC, we provide a range of data capture methods suitable to conduct your research and will work with you to create tailored solutions to suit your needs. Get in touch today and let’s discuss the possibilities.