Sexual Function and Wellbeing in Females Diagnosed With Rectal Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified February 2013 by Karolinska Institutet
Swedish Cancer Society
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anna Martling, Karolinska Institutet Identifier:
First received: October 4, 2010
Last updated: February 8, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

Preoperative radiotherapy and pelvic surgery is recommended to many patients with rectal cancer.For women there are theoretical reasons to believe that the treatment may affect hormone levels, sexual function and wellbeing. To address these questions a longitudinal observational study was initiated where patients, before preoperative radiotherapy and one year after surgery, take blood tests and answer two questionnaires.

Rectal Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by Karolinska Institutet:

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Hormone levels [ Time Frame: 2 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: April 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Females with rectal cancer stadium I-III, planned for abdominal surgery, with or without preoperative radiotherapy.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Females diagnosed with rectal cancer stadium I-III, planned surgery with or without preoperative radiotherapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Rectal cancer stadium IV
  • Previous radiotherapy to the pelvic region
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01216189

Contact: Anna Martling, PhD +46851772802

Gastrocentrum Kirurgi, Karolinska University Hospital Recruiting
Stockholm, Sweden
Contact: Anna Martling , MD PhD         
Principal Investigator: Anna Martling, MD PhD         
Ersta Hospital Recruiting
Stockholm, Sweden
Contact: Mikael Machado, MD PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Karolinska Institutet
Swedish Cancer Society
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Anna Martling, Associate Professor, Senior Consultant Surgeon, Karolinska Institutet Identifier: NCT01216189     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008/247-31/3
Study First Received: October 4, 2010
Last Updated: February 8, 2013
Health Authority: Sweden: The National Board of Health and Welfare

Keywords provided by Karolinska Institutet:
Rectal cancer
Preoperative radiotherapy
Pelvic surgery
Sexual function
Hormone levels

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Rectal Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases processed this record on April 17, 2014