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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Yields Optimal Outcomes for Patients
Date:3/20/2013

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 http://www.sages.org/publications/patient_information. 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 invasiv
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