Approved Statement: Laparoscopic Colectomy for Curable Cancer

September 2004
Surgical Endoscopy;Sep2004, Vol. 18 Issue 9, p1285
Academic Journal
This article focuses on laparoscopic colectomy for curable cancer. Laparoscopic colectomy results in equivalent cancer related survival to open colectomy when performed by experienced surgeons. Adherence to standard cancer resection techniques including but not limited to complete exploration of the abdomen, adequate proximal and distal margins, ligation of the major vessels at their respective origins, containment and careful tissue handling, and en bloc resection with negative tumor margins using the laparoscopic approach will result in acceptable outcomes. Hospitals may base credentialing for laparoscopic colectomy for cancer on experience gained by formal graduate medical educational training.


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