Study Information

generic picThe current major treatment for rectal cancer is surgical removal of the cancer. This type of surgery, called an open resection, requires a large cut through the abdomen for removal of the cancer.  There is a newer, less invasive procedure known as laparoscopic resection enabling the same surgery by using a scope inserted in the abdomen, along with a smaller incision, to allow removal of the rectal tumour.  This technique achieves removal of the recal tumour with minimally invasive surgery, and potentially achieves better recovery and shorter stays in hospital post-operatively.

The A La CaRT Study is being conducted to determine whether the newer laparoscopic resection procedure is as safe and effective as the current open resection procedure for rectal cancer.

Patients in the A La CaRT Study will be randomly allocated to receive one of the two surgical treatements to remove their rectal cancer

Contact the A La CaRT Team at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

Phone: +61 2 9562 5000

Fax: +61 2 9562 5094