Research & involvement

Research Opportunities (Bowel Cancer UK)

Short survey looking for people with experience of bowel obstruction

People with cancer sometimes experience a blockage of their intestines caused by the disease. The condition mainly affects people with ovarian or bowel cancer. The symptoms can be very distressing, and there is often more than one way to treat them, so making decisions about treatment can be difficult for everyone.

Recent research at Hull York Medical School has shown that clinicians, patients and caregivers can find it hard to talk through treatment choices. The EPOC Study (Exploring Pathways to Optimise Care in bowel obstruction from cancer) is exploring how everyone can work together to make the best treatment decisions for each individual patient.

As part of this study, researchers are looking to find what information is already out there. They are searching for research and other documents to find out what helps or hinders decision-making from the point of view of patients, caregivers, and health care professionals,

They are asking people with experience of bowel obstruction to comment on what kind of information they need to be searching for.

To take part in this short survey, please visit

For more information about the study please email Dr Alison Bravington at

The survey closes at the end of June 2022.