October 9, 2015
The use of minimally invasive laparoscopic resection did not improve outcomes compared with open resection for patients with rectal cancer, according to the results of two randomized trials.
Surgery remains the primary strategy to treat rectal cancer. Thus, researchers sought to determine whether laparoscopic procedures — generally believed to produce better outcomes than open resections — were noninferior to open procedures. Due to anatomical constraints that may lead to inadequate resection, laparoscopic rectal resection may not be preferable.