"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A trial to improve keyhole surgery for rectal cancer
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
More about this trial
There is now equipment with a screen that shows 3 dimensional (3D) images like 3D films shown at the cinema. This has been successfully used in surgery to remove other types of cancer. But it has not yet been used in surgery for rectal cancer.
A 3D image might give a better view of the rectum and where the cancer is. So this could improve the accuracy of the surgery. But this isn’t known for sure.
In this trial, your surgeon will do the surgery using either the 2D equipment or the 3D equipment.
The aim of the trial is to see if the 3D equipment does help improve the accuracy of the surgery.
Taking part in this trial will not affect your treatment in anyway.
Who can enter
The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this trial. Talk to your doctor or the trial team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you.
You may be able to join this trial if all of the following apply. You:
- Have an adenocarcinoma of the rectum
- Are going to have a total mesorectal excision (TME) or partial mesorectal excision
- Are having keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery with the aim of removing all your cancer (to cure it)
- Are at least 18 years old
You cannot join this trial if any of these apply. You:
- Have rectal cancer that has spread to the surrounding organs
- Are having your anus and rectum completely removed (
abdomino perineal resection)
- Have had surgery or radiotherapy to the area between your hipbones (pelvis) or tummy (abdomen) for other cancer types
- Are having surgery to relieve symptoms only and not with the aim of curing your cancer
- Have or had inflammatory bowel disease
The researchers need 72 people to join.
This is a randomised trial. The people taking part are put into 1 of 2 groups. Neither you or your doctor can choose which group you are in.
To do your surgery the surgeon will use either the equipment that shows the
- 2 dimensional (2D) image
- 3 dimensional (3D) image
This will not affect how or when your surgery is done. The only difference is the camera and screen your surgeon uses.
After surgery the researchers will look at your hospital notes to get the information they need about your recovery.
There are no extra hospital visits if you agree to take part.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Nader K Francis
European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons
Karl Storz UK
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust