Evaluating symptom burden after colorectal cancer treatment

Funding body United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT)
Total funding  –
  • Dr Darren Fernandes (Specialty Registrar in Gastroenterology, PhD student, chief investigator), ULHT & CaHRU University of Lincoln
  • Prof Niro Siriwardena, CaHRU University of Lincoln
  • Dr Ffion Curtis, CaHRU University of Lincoln
  • Prof Graham Law, CaHRU University of Lincoln
  • University of Lincoln
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT)
Overarching aim The aims of this study are to:

  • Identify the symptoms and totality of problems patients develop post CRC treatment.
  • Understand further how these issues are identified and addressed by clinicians.
  • Develop a tool to accurately establish the symptoms that patients are suffering with.
Objectives The aims will be achieved through the following objectives:

  1. A systematic mixed methods review on how colorectal cancer patient’s symptoms/problems are evaluated and addressed.
  2. Qualitative study of patients’ (and possibly clinicians’) perceptions of post-colorectal cancer treatment symptoms and their management.
  3. Post-colorectal cancer treatment symptom questionnaire development and validation.
Methods Multimethods study
Outcomes Through a mixed-methods approach that empowers patients who have been treated for cancer, the study will produce new knowledge that will enable better assessment of patients following colorectal cancer treatment.
Outputs Peer reviewed publications

Conference presentations

Impact The study will seek to inform improvements to care for patients following post-colorectal cancer treatment.


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