Current state of the art in laparoscopic colorectal surgery for cancer: Update on the multi-centric international trials
1 Department of Surgery, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
2 Department of Surgery, MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research 2012, 6:5 doi:10.1186/1750-1164-6-5Published: 30 July 2012
Laparoscopic colectomy is now widely applied to cases of malignancy, supported by early data from several large randomized controlled trials. Long-term follow-up is now available from those trials, supporting equivalency of cancer-free and overall survival for open and laparoscopic resections. This promising data has inspired further exploration of other applications of laparoscopic techniques, including use of single incision laparoscopy. This article reviews recent reports of long-term data for colorectal cancer resection from four randomized, prospective international trials.