August 2018 – RTD funded International Robotic Colorectal Registry launches!
The RTD funded registry, now active, led by Professor of Colorectal Surgery at The Royal Marsden, Professor Tekkis, allows 35 centres in the UK and Ireland to compare robotically assisted large bowel operations with other surgical methods across all centres and, in its second phase, internationally. Robotically assisted bowel operations, numbering 610 cases in the UK in 2016, are theoretically better for patient recovery, outcomes and quality of life. The registry allows this theory to be tested and will facilitate the already growing use of robotics. Link to full report here please
RTD helps fund project to develop potentially routine blood test to detect risk of bowel cancer
RTD teams up with RMCH, Joint Research Committee of Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust and Imperial College to support PHD student, Stella Nikolaou, in quest for a routine blood test that can be used to identify high risk patients for bowel cancer and to indicate the return of cancer before it can be detected by other means. Stella has now recruited more than half the patients she needs to complete her research project – she expects to complete her recruitment in October. She is working on the thesis that Neurotensin, a protein which plays a role in the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, can indicate high risk of bowel cancer.