A Decision Aid in the management of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer

This project is a collaboration between the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre in Australia and Dr Tim Whelen, in Canada, and has developed a decision aid for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer deciding whether or not to have adjuvant chemo/radiotherapy before or after their surgery. The aid is on a computer screen used interactively in the surgical consultation, with patients provided with the same material in a booklet form to take home. The decision aid was piloted in 2004 with participants in the Rotary Bowel screen program, and is currently being piloted in rectal cancer patients. A feasibility study with surgeons is planned for 2006.

Investigators: Phyllis Butow, Michael Solomon, Tim Whelen, Glenn Salkeld, Martin Tattersall, George Rhuby, Jane Young.

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