The Experience of Extended Bowel Resection in Individuals With a High Metachronous Colorectal Cancer Risk: A Qualitative Study

Emma J. Steel

Alison H. Trainer

Alexander G. Heriot

Craig Lynch

Susan Parry

Aung K. Win

Louise A. Keogh

colorectal cancer, surgery, patient experience, qualitative methodology
ONF 2016, 43(4), 444-452. DOI: 10.1188/16.ONF.444-452

Purpose/Objectives: To ascertain individual experiences of extended bowel resection as treatment for colorectal cancer (CRC) in those with a high metachronous CRC risk, including the self-reported adequacy of information received at different time points of treatment and recovery.

Research Approach: Qualitative.

Setting: Participants were recruited through the Australasian Colorectal Cancer Family Registry and two hospitals in Melbourne, Australia.

Participants: 18 individuals with a high metachronous CRC risk who had an extended bowel resection from 6–12 months ago.

Methodologic Approach: Semistructured interviews. Data were analyzed thematically.

Findings: In most cases, the treating surgeon decided on the best option regarding surgical treatment. Participants felt well informed about the surgical procedure. Information related to surgical outcomes, recovery, and lifestyle adjustment from surgery was not always adequate. Many participants described ongoing worry about developing another cancer.

Conclusions: Patients undergoing an extended resection to reduce metachronous CRC risk require detailed information delivered at more than one time point and relating to several different aspects of the surgical procedure and its outcomes.

Interpretation: An increased emphasis should be given to the provision of patient information on surgical outcomes, recovery, and lifestyle adjustment. Colorectal nurses could provide support for some of the reported unmet needs.

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