Student film helps cancer patients understand vital role of research

A group of film and media students from Queen Margaret University (QMU) are helping to dispel the myths around clinical trials for cancer sufferers.

The second year students have teamed up with the South East Scottish Cancer Research Network (SESCRN) to create an audio-visual and film presentation for patients in a bid to raise awareness of the vital role clinical studies and trials have in helping develop new treatments.

SESCRN, which is part of NHS Lothian, brings together a number of cancer research organisations and provides patients with clear information on latest treatments, clinical research and opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The film, which is now being streamed daily in outpatient waiting areas at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, features members of the SESCRN team talking about the valuable contribution cancer patients make in assisting with clinical studies. It outlines how participation in clinical trials can help in the evaluation of cancer treatments, such as new drugs or radiotherapy regimens and thereby improve outcomes for patients.

Denny Collie, Lecturer in Creative Enterprise at QMU, said: "Our Film and Media students delivered excellent results for SESCRN by developing an informative and awareness-raising audio-visual and film presentation that is now been viewed by hundreds of cancer patients and their families at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh every month.
"Not only did the students gain excellent practical and technical experience working on a live project, but SESCRN now has a high quality resource that is helping inform patients about the value of clinical trials."
Commenting on the partnership with Queen Margaret University, Dorothy Boyle, Network Manager for SESCRN, said: "We' re so pleased to have had the opportunity to act as a local business client for the QMU students.
"Not only have the students provided us with a professional product that we can share with our patients, but they have really got to grips with the technical information about cancer research and clinical trials by breaking it down into clear, bite-sized and accessible chunks.
"We now have an effective audio-visual and video resource which is helping convey the message that clinical studies are safe and which also better informs patients and their families about opportunities to take part in studies."
The QMU film and media students who worked on the SESCRN project were Ross Brydon, Ryan Currie, Scot Hall, Jamie McGregor, Robbie Wardlaw and Andrew Welsh.

For more information on South East Scottish Cancer Research Network and clinical trials, visit