, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 1217-1218
Date: 14 Oct 2009

Favorable outcomes with laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer

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Laparoscopic surgery dramatically alters clinical practice in the surgical treatment of solid cancers. Because it improves postoperative quality of life (QOL) substantially without any worsening of oncologic outcomes, laparoscopic surgery has become popular, replacing open surgery in routine clinical practice.

With an expected increase in solid cancer incidence over the next few years, more patients and their physicians will seek the best possible treatment. Because strong competition among hospitals and surgeons is growing, safe and effective laparoscopic surgical resection will be the criteria for attracting patients with solid cancers at highly specialized institutions. The availability of both modern technologies and high-volume surgeons will play a crucial role in this trend.

Although high-quality evidence has demonstrated the safety and efficiency of laparoscopic colectomy for resectable stages 1 to 3 colon cancer, such evidence for laparoscopic resection of rectal cancer still is ...