The Impact of Minimally Invasive Technology in Rectal Cancer

  • Jason R. Bingham
  • Scott R. SteeleEmail author


Rectal cancer remains a common and complex surgical problem. Owing to several landmark trials, such as the COST trial, the use of minimally invasive technology for the resection of colon cancer is now widely accepted as a feasible alternative to open surgery. The use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for the treatment of rectal cancer, however, is a separate entity and continues to be a matter of debate. Many innovative new technologies are being developed and implemented, and there is mounting evidence supporting the use of MIS for the treatment of rectal cancer. This chapter explores the evidence regarding the short- and long-term outcomes of MIS for rectal cancer, as well as currently available techniques and barriers to implementation.


Rectal cancer TME Laparoscopy Robotic surgery Minimally invasive surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryMadigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Colorectal SurgeryCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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