Short- and long-term survival associated with laparoscopic versus open colectomy in early-stage colon cancer
Findings from a retrospective cohort study
Previous randomized trials and observational studies have shown only comparable survival benefits for colon cancer patients undergoing colectomy with laparoscopic versus conventional open surgery. Although laparoscopic surgery has become a preferred approach, its survival benefits have not been adequately examined in a recent colon cancer cohort. We therefore assessed in a real-world Medicare population short- and long-term survival among early-stage colon cancer patients treated with laparoscopic-assisted colectomy (LAC) versus open colectomy (OC).