Laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer is much more challenging than that for colon cancer because of the confined space within the pelvis further because of the tumors location in the pelvis maintenance of resection margins is of greater concern. According to the us national cancer institute three year survival and cancer recurrence rates are comparable for patients who have laparoscopic or open surgery for any stage of colon cancer. A patient undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer has three options conventional open surgery laparoscopic assisted surgery or laparoscopic surgery conventional open surgery requires a large incision in your abdomen to remove cancerous tumors and any nearby lymph nodes. Surgery is the mainstay in the treatment of colorectal cancer considerable progress has been made in the past eight years since the publication of the most recent clinical practice guidelines for colorectal cancer by the national health. Preamble the following recommendations regarding the safe performance of laparoscopic resection for curable colon and rectal cancer are intended for surgeons experienced in both minimally invasive surgery and the surgical treatment of patients with colon and rectal cancer
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