A man on board the NHS Galleri unit has his blood sample taken

Over the coming weeks, hundreds of participants in Manchester and Trafford who enrolled on the NHS-Galleri trial in 2021 will be returning to mobile clinics for their last of three appointments for the trial.

Participants will be asked to give a blood sample to help the NHS see if using the Galleri® blood test alongside existing cancer screening can help detect cancer early. Finding cancer early often means it is easier to treat.

A sign with the words NHS Galleri Trial and the GRAIL and Cancer Research UK logos featuredSince the NHS-Galleri trial first arrived in Greater Manchester in October 2021 the trial has successfully enrolled over 140,000 volunteers from many different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds across England, including 20,000 from the Greater Manchester.

Volunteers were all aged 50 to 77 years old at the point of enrolling onto the trial and had not been diagnosed or treated for cancer in the last three years.

Alison Armstrong, Associate Director at Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back volunteers to Manchester and Trafford for their last trial appointments. Even if you missed your appointment last year, your involvement this year will still help with this research.”

Sarah Price, Chief Officer for Population and Health Inequalities at NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said: “We are truly grateful for the ongoing support of volunteers in Manchester and Trafford.

“This trial continues to put the NHS at the forefront of cutting-edge research and technology. If this trial is a success, the Galleri blood test could play a major part in achieving the NHS Long Term Plan ambition to diagnose three quarters of cancers at an early stage when it is easier to treat.”

Professor Charles Swanton, Co-Chief Investigator for the NHS-Galleri trial said: “The information gathered from these last appointments is important to support trial results. We thank all volunteers for supporting the trial.

“Testing samples taken about 12 months apart will help researchers to understand how regularly people might need to be tested with the Galleri blood test in the future.”