The Ruth Strauss Foundation collaborated with Dr Virginia Harrison from the Open University to create a survey. This survey aimed to assist RSF in determining the areas of research into non-smoking lung cancers that the grants programme should focus on.
The survey included a comprehensive list of cancer research topics based on the Common Scientific Outline (CSO), which classifies broad areas of scientific interest in cancer research, but with some modifications.
A total of 39 respondents – including oncologists, cancer nurse specialists, respiratory specialists, GPs, researchers, and other professionals – completed the survey. They rated which areas of lung cancer research were most important, and which were most feasible with grants of up to £50,000, both on a scale of 1 to 7 (where 7 is most important/feasible and 1 is least important/feasible).
The following 5 had a score of 5 or more on both importance and feasibility and inform the RSF’s research priorities for this grants programme: