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Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

Macmillan CREW Cohort

CREW Study

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A cohort study to explore recovery of health and wellbeing following primary treatment of colorectal cancer (ColoREctal Wellbeing cohort study)
Funder: Macmillan Cancer Support

Lead Researcher: Professor Claire Foster
Research Team: Dr Lynn Calman, Dr Sally Wheelwright, Amy Din, Dr Chloe Grimmett, Dr Jane Winter, Dr Sam Sodergren

The purpose of this study was to follow a thousand people who had colorectal cancer to map out the path of recovery over time, to look at how long it takes to feel healthy and well again after cancer. Although it is known that people who have had cancer are likely to suffer a number of problems, both mental and physical, as a result of the disease and treatment; the normal course of recovery has not been described before.

Recruitment for this study is now closed.

If you would like further information about this research programme please contact the MSRG team on telephone 02380 596885 or email us at


Supportive care needs paper

Comorbidities paper

Social support paper
Self-efficacy paper

Trajectories paper

Protocol paper

Social Support Infographic

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