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Less Invasive Colon Surgery Results in Fewer Blood Clots: Study
Date:6/23/2011

were significant risk factors for clotting.

Brooks thinks it's worthwhile for patients to ask their doctor if laparoscopic surgery is an option, but he added that it's not advisable for all patients.

"The main issue with cancer is you want to make sure you get adequate cancer control," Brooks said. "You can't just look at whether you get an individual out of the hospital sooner."

Also, you can't look at the likelihood of having a deep vein clot, he said. "You have to look at whether you are impacting their five-year survival favorably or unfavorably with laparoscopic surgery," Brooks added.

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For more information on colon cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Durado Brooks, M.D., M.P.H., director, colorectal cancer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; June 2011 Archives of Surgery


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