Minimally invasive surgery safe for rectal cancer

April 2, 2015 4:29 PM

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(Reuters Health) - People undergoing surgery for rectal cancer fare just as well whether they have conventional or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, suggests a new international comparison involving 1,044 patients.

However, when the tumor is in the lower rectum, laparoscopic surgery seems better, according to the results in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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