Conquering Diseases

Study Comparing Surgical Options For Rectal Cancer (Color Iii)


This study is looking to compare different surgical options for treating patients with rectal cancer.


There are two surgery methods used routinely to remove rectal cancer that do not require an open surgery. The methods are not experimental. Both types of surgery are being done at UMASS; however, they have not been compared side-by-side. This research study compares the two methods to see if one method is better than the other. Patients will be randomly assigned to one of the two surgical groups.

What we're hoping for

We hope to learn if one method is better than the other and how each method affects rectal cancer patients’ quality of life.

Additional Information Identifier: NCT02736942

 Principal Investigator

Justin  Maykel, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care

 Study Contact

Sharon  Balcom



UMMS University Campus

55 Lake Ave North 

Worcester,MA 01655