The ColoREctal Wellbeing (CREW) study

The ColoREctal Wellbeing (CREW) study, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and conducted by the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group, gathers information from 1,000 colorectal cancer patients about life after their illness.

These patients are followed to map out the path of recovery over time, to look at how long it takes to feel healthy and well again after cancer. Although it is known that people who have had cancer are likely to suffer a number of problems, both mental and physical, as a result of the disease and treatment, the normal course of recovery has not been described before.

The study looks at factors such as how long it takes to get back to feeling well, how long symptoms such as tiredness last, and the sort of things people can do to help return to normal more quickly. This includes taking into account the disease itself, the amount of treatment, the support that is available to each patient, and the kind of coping skills they have.

As part of the University of Southampton's 60th anniversary celebrations, the premiere of Cancer Survivors was screened to an eager audience in the Nuffield Theatre. The film focuses on two patients who are part of this unique study which aims to improve support services for people who are living with and beyond cancer.

If you would like further information about this research programme please contact the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group on 023 8059 6885 or email msrg@soton.ac.uk.