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Effects of Structured Rehabilitation Program on Quality of Life in Rectal Cancer Patients- a Randomized Controlled Trial

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2011 by University Hospital of North Norway.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Helse Nord
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital of North Norway Identifier:
First received: May 7, 2009
Last updated: November 2, 2011
Last verified: November 2011
Quality of life after rectal surgery is reported to be impaired. Side effects of surgery and/or neoadjuvant treatment as functional disturbances like sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, anal incontinence or stoma problems are commonly experienced. The investigators hypotheses is that structured rehabilitation program addressing these problems will improve quality of life. A RCT are performed in order to document the effects of the rehabilitation.

Condition Intervention
Quality of Life
Sexual Function
Urinary Incontinence
Anal Incontinence
Behavioral: Structured Rehabilitation program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Structured Rehabilitation Program on Quality of Life After Surgical Treatment for Rectal Cancer- a Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital of North Norway:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Life (EORTC QLQ-C30, EORTC QLQ-CR38) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3, 6, 12,18 and 24 months postoperative. ]
  • Quality of LIfe (EQ 5D) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3,6,12, 18 and 24. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • St Marks incontinence [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3, 12 and 24 ]
  • ICIQ sexual function [ Time Frame: baseline, 3,12 and 24 ]
  • ICIQ Urinary function Short form [ Time Frame: baseline,3, 12 and 24 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: May 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Structured Rehabilitation program Behavioral: Structured Rehabilitation program
Questionnaire send by post at 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after operation
No Intervention: Controls


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Rectal cancer Surgically treated for rectal cancer Informed concent Included in national guidelines for surveillance of rectal cancer patients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Older than 75 years Mentally or physically not able to participate Non curative surgical treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00895388

Contact: Kjersti Mevik, MD +4777626000

Dep. of gastrointestinal surgery, University Hospital of North Norway Recruiting
Tromsø, Norway, N-9037
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital of North Norway
Helse Nord
Study Director: Rolv-Ole Lindsetmo, MD, Phd, Mph Dep of gastrointestinal surgery, University Hospital of North Norway
  More Information

Responsible Party: University Hospital of North Norway Identifier: NCT00895388     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P REK NORD 105/2007
Study First Received: May 7, 2009
Last Updated: November 2, 2011

Keywords provided by University Hospital of North Norway:
Urinary function
Anal function

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Rectal Neoplasms
Urinary Incontinence
Fecal Incontinence
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Urination Disorders
Urologic Diseases
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Urological Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Behavioral Symptoms
Elimination Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017