Current best practices and rationalistic perspectives in causation-based prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast and gastric cancer

Gastric & Breast Cancer e-journal
DOI: 10.2122/gbc.2011.0200

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Minimally invasive total mesorectal excision for extraperitoneal rectal cancer: Why patients should seek specialized hospitals and surgeons?

Prof. Theodore Liakakos, MD, PhD

Affiliation: Theodore Liakakos, MD, Professor of Surgery, 3rd Department of Surgery, University of Athens, School of Medicine, Attikon University Hospital, Rimini 1, Chaidari, Athens 12462, Greece.

E-mail: theodlia@otenet.gr

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Particularly rectal cancer and other pelvis tumors represent tumor sites with major expectations from treatment with laparoscopic as compared with open surgery. Substantial improvements in improving quality of life including sphincter preservation and nerves preservation and perhaps also through more accurate and complete total mesorectal excision some hope for better locoregional tumor control have been recently reported by numerous comparative studies. However, we are still awaiting the results of large-scale phase 3 trials. Preconditions, advances and challenges are discussed here to assess potential benefits and risks of laparoscopic anterior resection with total mesorectal excision on patients with mid or low rectal cancer.

(Citation: Gastric & Breast Cancer 2011; 10(4): 217-219)

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