Can differences in bowel function after surgery for rectal cancer be identified by the European organization for research and treatment of cancer quality of life instrument?
Quality of Life
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We found neither the EORTC C-30 nor CR-38 to be sensitive instruments in delineating differences in bowel function. The use of a validated instrument designed to assess function in patients with rectal cancer will more effectively and efficiently identify those patients with poor postoperative function.