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Laparoscopic Surgery May Not Be Best Option for Rectal Cancer

Laparoscopic Surgery May Not Be Best Option for Rectal Cancer

Results from two studies show standard surgery to be slightly more successful

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minimally invasive surgery does not match standard surgery for the treatment of rectal cancer, according to two studies published in the Oct. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

James Fleshman, M.D., chairman of the department of surgery at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues focused on rectal cancer patients who underwent surgery at one of 35 different health centers in the United States and Canada between 2008 and 2013. All the patients were diagnosed with stage II or III rectal cancer. Laparoscopic surgery was performed on 240 of the patients, while another 222 underwent standard invasive surgery.

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