A study to find out about the experiences of people after surgery for bowel cancer - CREW

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

Bowel (colorectal) cancer
Colon cancer
Rectal cancer





This study is to find out about problems and experiences people have when recovering from surgery for bowel cancer.

Doctors often treat bowel cancer with surgery. But we could know more about the experiences and problems people have when recovering from bowel surgery and how long recovery takes.

The researchers want to find out more about how people feel and how they cope after surgery. They hope this will help to identify people who may have problems and show how best to help them.

The aim of this study is to find out

  • What problems people have after surgery for bowel cancer
  • How they cope with them
  • How long it takes them to fully recover

Who can enter

You can enter this trial if you

  • Have bowel cancer that has not spread (Duke’s A and B) or has spread to lymph nodes close to the bowel (Duke’s C)
  • Are to have surgery to remove your cancer
  • Are at least 18 years old

You cannot enter this trial if you

Trial design

This study will recruit about 1,000 people.

The researchers will ask you to fill in a questionnaire before surgery and after surgery at 3, 9, 15 and 24 months. They will ask how you are feeling and managing, and about any problems you may have. You need to return the questionnaires within 2 weeks in the pre paid envelope provided.

The researchers will ask your permission to use anything you have written in the questionnaire in reports and articles they may write. They will not use your name when doing so.

Hospital visits

There are no extra visits if you take part in this study.

Some people may find it difficult to write or talk about their experiences.

Side effects

There are no side effects to taking part in this study.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

How to join a clinical trial

Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Dr Deborah Fenlon

Supported by

Macmillan Cancer Support
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

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Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle - 7414

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

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