Navigation Links
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Yields Optimal Outcomes for Patients

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

Colon and rectal cancer together comprise the nation's second-leading cause of cancer deaths. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die from it. Fortunately, the death rate from this disease has steadily been decreasing for the last 20 years due to preventative screening and more sophisticated surgical approaches. One of these approaches is minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive laparoscopic colorectal surgery allows surgeons to perform many common colon and rectal procedures through small incisions. Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) has issued “Patient Information Guidelines for Colonoscopy" for those focusing on prevention, and “Patient Information Guidelines for Laparoscopic Colon Resection” for those undergoing cancer treatment, highlighting the advantages of minimally invasive procedures and other pertinent information.

“Early screening is key to prevention, and it is worth remembering that colorectal cancer is the only one of the five most common cancers that can actually be prevented by screening – i.e. by removing colorectal polyps before they can turn into cancer. However when patients have to make a decision about treatment, they should be aware that minimally invasive operations are an option in many cases, as easier recovery can often be achieved through minimally invasive surgery (MIS),” said Dr. Scott Melvin, SAGES President and Professor and Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Professor at Ohio State University. “We want patients to know that under the right circumstances, choosing laparoscopic surgery will allow for a more comfortable recovery than an open procedure would and due to briefer recovery times, when necessary, chemotherapy treatment may take place sooner rather than later,” Dr. Melvin said.

Dr. Tonia Young-Fadok, Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Chair of the SAGES Humanitarian Task Force added, “Through guidelines such as these SAGES is committed to encouraging patients to be more informed about the options available to them. Patients should feel comfortable asking their surgeon if a minimally invasive procedure is an option, and if not they may wish to seek a second opinion from a surgeon experienced with these operations.”

Guidelines are available at the links above or also at SAGES has been at the forefront of best practices in colorectal cancer surgery by researching, developing and disseminating the guidelines and training for standards of practice in surgical procedures. The SAGES 2013 annual conference will be held this spring in Baltimore from April 17th to April 20th and will feature sessions on the latest research and development in the field of minimally invasive colorectal surgery, colorectal robotics and various other topics.

The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing a worldwide community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide. The organization sets the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health. For more information, visit

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows long-term efficacy of minimally invasive therapy for patients with Barretts esophagus
2. Minimally Invasive and Robotic Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Now Available from the Specialists at Women’s Excellence in Bladder Control in Clarkston, MI
3. Fox Valley Orthopedics Surgeon Dr. Craig Popp Says New Minimally Invasive Herniated Disc Surgery Less Painful
4. New technique for minimally invasive robotic kidney cancer surgery
5. Minimally invasive lymph node dissection in breast cancer has advantages over conventional surgery
6. Minimally invasive surgery works well for abdominal aortic aneurysms, Mayo finds
7. Obese appendectomy patients have fewer complications with minimally invasive operations
8. The Joint Facial and Invasive Neck Trauma (J-FAINT) Project, Iraq and Afghanistan 2003-2011
9. Less invasive treatment is associated with improved survival in early stage breast cancer
10. Less invasive treatment may increase survival in early stage breast cancer
11. Long-term survival after less-invasive repair of abdominal aneurysm same as with open procedure
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... The rapid speed at which Americans ... more care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions becoming ... The forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent of medical care occurs in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The ... of USA Today in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, South Florida, with a ... component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy and across a ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, ... interesting show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. ... from open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... Dr. Thomas Dunlap and Dr. Patrick Coleman , cardiologist ... Medicine at St., Joseph Health System’s Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital , co-hosted the ... ways and require time-critical intervention to avoid large area heart damage and progressive infections ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Toronto, ON and Cambridge, ON (PRWEB) , ... ... ... announced today the availability of a real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in ... CTs, ultrasounds, X-rays, mammography, BMD and Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/29/2015)... , Nov. 29, 2015   National Decision Support ... its client base, including notable statewide implementations. As ... flagship solution, ACR Select, more than 1 million ... entry workflow. ACR Select provides real-time feedback on ... condition and has been implemented at over 100 ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has ... Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... report, the author the present scenario and growth prospects ... calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated ... IUDs and copper IUDs. The report forecasts the global ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Netherlands , November 26, 2015 ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy ... Netherlands has found that immunotherapy can be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: