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Date:5/17/2008

y at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. She wasn't involved in the review.

Rafferty said the review looked at too few studies to come to any definitive conclusions.

"It is true that it appears that laparoscopic outcomes in cancer surgery are equivalent, but that is not a strong enough argument to say it must be offered to all cancer patients, which (the authors) say in conclusion," Rafferty noted.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. There will be more than 148,000 new cases of the disease diagnosed in 2008, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

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The American Cancer Society has more about colorectal cancer treatments.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Center for the Advancement of Health, news release, May 2008


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