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.2012.0239


Total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer: Laparoscopic or robotic approach?

Krishna K. Singh, FRCS (Gen)

Affiliation: Krishna K. Singh, Consultant Surgeon, Specialist in Upper Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Worthing and Southlands Hospital Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH, United Kingdom.

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Since Heald [1 ] has introduced 30 years ago the surgical technique of the t otal mesorectal excision (TME) , no other scientific method with such a high impact on oncological outcome of patients with rectal cancer has been suggested. In recent years, laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgery is being increasingly used in the treatment of rectal cancer. Besides safety and efficacy, a more recent meta-analysis comparing these two minimally invasive approaches evaluates also duration of the surgery and cost for assessing the ideal procedure [2]. Are the data available sufficient for deciding on the optimal treatment of rectal cancer?

(Citation: Gastric & Breast Cancer 2012; 11(3): 157-159).



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