Clinical Operational Research Unit (CORU)


CORU's Tom Treasure discusses colorectal cancer in the BMJ

16 May 2014

Professor Tom Treasure discusses in the BMJ this month the story behind a 20 year old trial on colorectal cancer that has just been published.

This trial that remained unpublished for 20 years casts doubt on the survival benefit of repeat (“second look”) surgery for bowel cancer.

The trial, published in BMJ Open in May 2014, is the first under the restoring invisible and abandoned trials (RIAT) initiative that allows third parties to publish previously abandoned studies when the original researchers or sponsors fail to do so.

The initiative was announced last year by editors of The BMJ and PLOS Medicine as a way to complete and correct the scientific record, so that doctors and patients have access to accurate information to make decisions about treatments.