Older people with cancer may not be fit enough to cope with some of the cancer treatments. There is some evidence to suggest that attention to exercise and diet may help people maintain their independence for longer and tolerate treatments better.

About the project

Funder: Yorkshire Cancer Research
Time frame: 2018-2019
Contact for more details: Professor Miriam Johnson ( and Dr Flavia Swan (

The purpose of this project is to test whether a large cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of the needs assessment tool in cancer (NAT-C) in primary care is feasible.

We have adapted a form to help general practice doctors and nurses identify and manage the palliative care needs and concerns of patients and family carers.

We will conduct a small scale trial of 4 general practices. This will tell us whether a larger trial is possible to see if the use of this form in routine practice makes a difference to people with cancer.