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Surgical treatment of rectal cancer patients aged 80 years and older—a German nationwide analysis comparing short- and long-term survival after laparoscopic and open tumor resection

Völkel, Vinzenz ; Draeger, Teresa ; Schnitzbauer, Valentin ; Gerken, Michael ; Benz, Stefan ; Klinkhammer-Schalke, Monika ; Fürst, Alois


Background: Minimally invasive removal of rectal tumors has proven to be a safe alternative to the open approach. Despite increased use of laparoscopy, its eligibility for older adults requires further exploration. This study compares perioperative mortality and 5-year overall, disease-free, and relative survival after laparoscopic and open surgery in rectal cancer patients aged >= 80 years. ...


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