Minimally invasive management of colon cancer

Zerey, Marc; Burns, Justin M.; Kercher, Kent W.; Kuwada, Timothy S.; Heniford, B. Todd
March 2006
Surgical Innovation;Mar2006, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
journal article
One of the most controversial issues in minimally invasive surgery has been the implementation of laparoscopic techniques for the curative resection of colorectal malignancies. Initial concerns included the potential violation of oncologic principles, the effects of carbon dioxide, and the phenomenon of port site tumor recurrence. Basic science research and large randomized controlled trials are now demonstrating that these fears were unjustified. Long-term outcomes of laparoscopic colon resection compared with open colon resection for malignancy are comparable, and there may even be a survival benefit for a subset of patients who undergo laparoscopic resection.


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