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Project Reference Number – 0055

Principal Investigator – Dr Rebecca Birch / Dr Ramzi Aijan

Funder - Cancer Research UK – C23434/A23706

Up to 20% of cancer patients also have diabetes.  Having diabetes is known to be linked with worse outcomes for patients after cancer surgery. Patients who have other health conditions related to their diabetes (complications) have a lower life expectancy and also have more frequent visits to the health service. Despite this, little is known about the link between other health conditions related to diabetes and cancer care and outcomes.

This study aims to look at whether there is a link between diabetes, other health conditions related to diabetes and outcomes after a diagnosis of bowel cancer in England. This study will be split into two parts. The first part will look at how diabetes and its related complications are measured using healthcare data and how this might affect the increased risk thought to be associated with diabetes, the second part will look at the relationship between specific complications of diabetes and life expectancy following a diagnosis of colorectal cancer.