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Colorectal cancer survivors in work participation

The perspective of cancer survivors and health care providers on returning to work

There are 2 parts to this study - an online anonymous survey and  an individual interview. You may wish to participate in one or both. 

Bowel cancer survivors’ work participation survey 

We would like your help to complete this survey which looks at the impact of a bowel cancer diagnosis and treatment side-effects on returning to work. 

This survey contains questions about you, your cancer diagnosis, work-related questions before or at the time of diagnosis, and after treatment. This survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. You only have to take this survey once and your answers are completely anonymous. 
Your participation will help us to identify the challenges that bowel cancer survivors have, and assist health professionals to improve advice given regarding getting back to work.

Bowel cancer survivors’ work participation interview

We are conducting research to examine the barriers and challenges that cancer survivors face when they return to work. We would like to get an in-depth understanding of the impact of cancer diagnosis and its treatment on cancer survivors, the unmet needs of survivors, and what support cancer survivors require for work participation during or after cancer journey.

This interview will take 30 minutes either face to face or via online meeting. You will be asked a list of questions about your cancer diagnosis, treatment and return to work experience. The interview will be recorded for future data analysis and your identity and information provided will be kept confidential. Your participation will help us to improve the understanding of practical issues that cancer survivors face during their cancer treatment and recovery. This will assist the health care providers in rehabilitation planning in bowel cancer in future.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • are between 18 and 65 years old; and 
  • you were diagnosed with stage 1 to 3 bowel cancer within the past 5 years and have no evidence of any cancer after your surgery and other cancer treatment; and 
  • you were in the paid job market at the time of diagnosis (full-time or part-time).

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, use this following link to access the online anonymous survey

For interview participation: 
Please contact Carol on (02) 8084 3831 or email for further information.