Clinical trials are carefully designed and regulated research studies and are essential for improving cancer care.
They help to determine whether new cancer treatments, diagnostic tests or preventive interventions are effective, and identify best practice cancer care.
Clinicians have observed that gut function problems such as difficulty in swallowing, constipation and faecal incontinence increase with age. However, studies which assess the gut function of healthy volunteers, including elderly subjects, are scarce.
Dr Hansen and Sr Prott are currently undertaking a study to advance our knowledge and understanding of the effects of age and gender on motility (co-ordinated movement) of the lower (anorectal) region of the gut.
This study will enhance clinical practice by providing a database of normal values against which abnormal patient tests can be compared.
Volunteers are needed to participate in this study, which involves one hour of testing. Males and females aged between 18-85 years in good general health and who are not pregnant or breastfeeding are required. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr Hansen (ph: 02 9926 6465) or Sr Prott (ph: 02 9926 8166) for further information.