1. Why have you sent me the information about this study?
    If you were invited to take part in the FIT for Follow-Up study you would have been between 60 and 71 years of age, have recently taken part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (NHS BCSP), and had a colonoscopy at which a large polyp, or a few small ones, were found. Due to these findings it was recommended that you would need another colonoscopy in 3 years’ time to check for further polyps growing in your large bowel. Whilst you are waiting for that colonoscopy we would like to involve you in our research project.

  2. Where did you get my details from?
    When you register with a GP your name and address details are stored in a Health Authority database. The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme uses information from this database (your name, age and address) to invite you for screening. Your name and contact details are only available to NHS personnel working on the screening programme, so although Imperial College London is sponsoring the study, the research team based at Imperial will not have access to your personal information unless you agree to take part in the study. If you would like more information, please write to us using the address form on our Contact Us page.

  3. What is the purpose of the study?
    This study aims to find out whether a new and improved home-based stool kit, called FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test), is as good as colonoscopy at detecting polyps in the large bowel during follow-up.

  4. Do I have to take part?
    It is up to you to decide whether you would like to take part in the study. If after reading the information provided, you decide this is a worthwhile research study and you would like to be involved, please read the instructions on what you will need to do. You can change your mind and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. If you decide not to take part, you do not have to give us a reason, and the quality of medical care you receive in the future will not be affected.

  5. What will I be asked to do if I take part?
    You will be asked to provide a stool sample once every year, using a FIT sampling kit, whilst waiting for your first follow-up colonoscopy as part of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

    Should the FIT test find traces of blood in year one or year two of the study we will arrange that you have an earlier colonoscopy at your usual Screening Centre.

    We will also ask you to complete a short questionnaire telling us your views about the test every time you complete a FIT kit.

  6. Will my taking part in the study remain confidential?
    Yes, any data you provide will remain confidential throughout the study and beyond. The research teams may require some information from your medical records related to your bowel exams, but only to ensure that the results of the study are correct and that the study has been carried out according to the protocol. Some of the researchers are directly involved with the NHS BCSP whereas others are employed by the Institutions for Higher Education. All are required to comply with the Data Protection Act.

  7. Will my GP be told I’m taking part in the study?
    With your permission (signed consent form), we will inform your GP that you are taking part in the study and we will also inform him/her of your test results.

  8. I have received my invitation, what do I do now? 
    Please read the participant information sheet and the consent form. If you are happy to take part, please collect your sample according to the instructions enclosed with the FIT kit and post the sample back to us with your completed consent form as soon as possible. A freepost envelope has been provided. It is important that return your sample as soon as possible after you have collected it.