Laparoscopic resection for colorectal cancer: evidence to date

Omer Aziz, Ara W Darzi

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This article highlights the individual merits and weaknesses of laparoscopic as compared with open surgery as the primary treatment of colorectal cancer. Although results clearly suggest that laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer results in an earlier postoperative recovery, it is more difficult to comment on rarer complications. To date, results from laparoscopic colorectal resections suggest that the resected specimen is oncologically comparable that obtained with open surgery, but more long-term data on cancer recurrence and survival at 3 and 5 years postoperatively are eagerly awaited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-531
Number of pages13
JournalSurgical oncology clinics of North America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • Colorectal Neoplasms/economics
  • Europe
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy/adverse effects
  • Postoperative Complications/etiology
  • Postoperative Period
  • Time Factors
  • United Kingdom/epidemiology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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