"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study looking at a questionnaire about bowel function after surgery for rectal cancer
This study looked at how useful a new questionnaire was to look at bowel function after surgery for cancer of the rectum (back passage).
More about this trial
Having surgery to remove cancer of the rectum can have a major impact on how your bowels work. This can affect your
To do this healthcare professionals must be able to assess the problem properly. The study team developed a questionnaire to help them.
This study compared this questionnaire with a similar one to find out how well it worked.
Researchers wanted to develop a tool to predict how well the bowel might function after surgery.
Doctors could use this to help people understand the risk of bowel surgery and how it might affect them. They could also use it to identify people who might need extra support after their surgery.
Summary of results
- develop a model that could predict how well the bowels worked after surgery
- test the model and confirm it worked
- develop an online tool to better predict how well an individual’s bowel might work after surgery
- your age at time of surgery
- how close to the anus your cancer is
- if all or only part of your back passage (rectum) is removed
- if your bowel has been attached to the outside of your body by an opening (stoma)
- if you have radiotherapy before surgery
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NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
Pelican Cancer Foundation