Last updated on November 2017

ROLARR: RObotic versus LAparoscopic Resection for Rectal cancer. An international multicentre, prospective, randomised, controlled, unblinded, parallel-group trial of robotic-assisted versus standard laparoscopic surgery for the curative treatment of rectal cancer.


Brief description of study

ROLARR: RObotic versus LAparoscopic Resection for Rectal cancer. An international multicentre, prospective, randomised, controlled, unblinded, parallel-group trial of robotic-assisted versus standard laparoscopic surgery for the curative treatment of rectal cancer.

Detailed Study Description

The ROLARR study is for participants with cancer of the rectum for whom a laparoscopic operation (sometimes called “keyhole surgery”) has been recommended by their surgeon.

There is now another option to remove rectal cancers which involves using a robotic system with keyhole surgery. This type of surgery is called “robotic-assisted” keyhole surgery and is now becoming widely used by surgeons to remove cancers from a number of different parts of the body, including the rectum, as well as for other non-cancer operations.

We want to test whether robotic-assisted keyhole surgery is as good, or even better, at removing rectal cancers as standard keyhole surgery. We also want to investigate whether using robotic-assisted keyhole surgery reduces the number of times a keyhole operation needs to be converted to an open operation, and see whether using a robotic system can also shorten the length of time subjects need to stay in hospital and if it reduces the number of complications subjects may have during and after their operation.

Clinical Study Identifier: TX81348

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