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April 17, 2002

Laparoscopic-Assisted Surgery for Colon Cancer

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(15):1938-1939. doi:10.1001/jama.287.15.1935

To the Editor: In a randomized trial of laparoscopic-assisted colectomy (LAC) vs open colectomy for colon cancer, Dr Weeks and colleagues1 found that LAC offered only minimal benefit in short-term quality of life (QOL).1 The authors urge surgeons not to perform LAC for colon cancer outside the setting of clinical trials until the long-term outcomes of LAC have been evaluated.

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