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Researchers undertake radical new cancer survivorship study
Date:5/17/2012

Researchers from the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group (MSRG), at the University of Southampton, have developed the first study of its kind looking at the experiences and needs of people after primary treatment of colorectal cancer.

It is estimated that around two million people are living with, or beyond, cancer in the UK, with this figure rising by 3% each year. On average over 6,000 patients are diagnosed with cancer each year in Hampshire alone.

Whilst increasing cancer survival rates are to be celebrated, the experiences and needs of those who have completed their treatment have been relatively neglected until now.

The University of Southampton, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, has a long standing history of cancer research. It has developed the ColoREctal Wellbeing (CREW) study to look at a number of factors influencing recovery which takes into account the disease itself, the level of treatment patients receive, the support available to them and the range of coping skills they have.

Factors influencing recovery studied within the research include the time it takes a patient to return to feeling 'well', the length of time symptoms of treatment last and the range of things people can do to help return to 'normal' more quickly.

Results from this rigorous theory-informed study will, for the first time, inform health care providers and professionals across the country about what helps or hinders rapid and effective recovery and who has the confidence and ability to manage their own problems. It will also help identify areas for the development of interventions to aid the recovery process of those who may be at risk of experiencing problems.

More than 1,000 patients have been recruited to the study, one of whom is Susan Restorick-Banks from Totton in Hampshire.

Susan was diagnosed with a tumour in her colon in early 2011. She has endured Radiotherapy, surgery to remove the
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Contact: Becky Attwood
r.attwood@soton.ac.uk
44-238-059-5457
University of Southampton
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