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Invited Commentary
April 19, 2017

Which Surgical Approach Is Best for Management of Rectal Cancer?Does the End Point Tell How It Ends?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(4):e165659. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.5659

Controversy remains regarding the optimal surgical approach for the treatment of rectal cancer. Achieving an intact total mesorectal excision and negative circumferential and distal margins are primary goals of surgery. But the results of recent randomized clinical trials suggest that laparoscopy may not be an adequate means to this end.1,2