Study: Laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer as effective as conventional technique

05/13/2004 | NYTimes.com

Laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer, which involves use of a tiny video camera and removal of cancerous sections of the colon with small incisions, appears to be just as effective as the much more invasive conventional surgery, a new study says. The study is the largest comparison of the two techniques to date and found equal rates of survival and tumor recurrence, in addition to less pain and hospital time with the laparoscopic treatment.

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