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Project Reference Number – 0001

Principal Investogator – Dr Rebecca Birch & Dr Nicholas Burr

Funder - Cancer Research UK – C23434/A23706

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is the name given to describe two main conditions; Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  Both of these are long-term conditions which involve inflammation of the digestive system.

There is some evidence that patients with IBD are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancers.  The aim of this work is to analyse the existing NHS data to understand if there are common features of the type of colorectal cancer that patients with IBD are diagnosed with and whether there are differences in patient outcomes, such as survival. 

The team will look at whether there is any relationship between patients having surgery as a treatment for IBD and colorectal cancer diagnosis.  The work will also look at the route through the healthcare system that patients with IBD take before they are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and if surveillance colonoscopies have any impact on when patients are diagnosed.