A study looking at a questionnaire about bowel function after surgery for rectal cancer

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

Cancer type:

Bowel (colorectal) cancer
Rectal cancer





This study is looking at how useful a new questionnaire is to look at bowel function after surgery for cancer of the rectum (back passage).

Having surgery to remove cancer of the rectum can have a major impact on how your bowels work. This can affect your quality of life Open a glossary item. So it is important to find out how best to manage any problem. To do this healthcare professionals must be able to assess the problem properly. The study team have developed a questionnaire to help them.

This study will compare this questionnaire with a similar one to find out how well it works.

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this trial if

  • You had surgery to remove your rectal cancer with the aim to cure it between 01/01/2002 and 01/02/2012
  • You had part or all of the tissue that surrounds the rectum removed (Total mesenteric excision – TEM)
  • Your cancer was an adenocarcinoma
  • Your cancer was 15 cm or less from the opening of your back passage (your anus)
  • You are at least 18 years old

You cannot enter this trial if

  • Your rectal cancer has spread
  • Your rectal cancer has come back
  • You have a colostomy Open a glossary item or any stoma Open a glossary item that hasn’t been closed (reversed) yet

Trial design

This international study will recruit 1,000 people. In the UK 400 people will be recruited.

The study team will send you a letter containing a questionnaire. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. You then mail it back in the addressed pre paid envelope provided.

The researchers may send you another questionnaire a few weeks later.

Hospital visits

There are no visits to the hospital if you take part in this study.

Side effects

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

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Brendan Moran

Supported by

National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Pelican Cancer Foundation

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 11003

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

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