A randomized trial of laparoscopic versus open surgery for rectal cancer. N Engl J Med 2015; 372: 1324-1332.

Published: 23rd June 2015

Authors: Bonjer J, Deijen CL, Abis GA, Cuesta MA, van der Pas MHGM, de Lange-de Klerk ESM for the COLOR II Study Group et al.


Some 1044 patients were included and followed for three years. The local recurrence rate was 5 per cent in both groups. Overall survival was 86.7 per cent after laparoscopic surgery and 83.6 per cent after open surgery.

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