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Laparoscopic and open surgery in rectal cancer patients in Germany: short and long-term results of a large 10-year population-based cohort

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


Background Rectal cancer is frequent in Germany and worldwide. Several studies have assessed laparoscopic surgery as a treatment option and most have shown favorable results. However, long-term oncologic safety remains a controversial issue. Methods The current dataset derives from 30 clinical cancer registries in Germany and includes 16,378 patients diagnosed with rectal cancer between 2007 and ...


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