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BACKGROUND Complete mesocolic excision (CME) and a high (apical) vascular tie may improve oncologic outcome after surgery for colon cancer. Our primary aim was to emulate a previous national result of 73.8% overall survival (OS) with both the open and laparoscopic techniques. METHODS A prospective study of radical colon cancer was initiated in a Norwegian(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome for gastric cancer patients treated at a medium sized Norwegian hospital. The medical journals of all 356 patients with gastric cancer treated at Levanger Hospital from 1980 to 2004 were retrospectively analysed. Follow-up with regard to survival was complete. The Department of Surgery had treated 277(More)
A national surveillance program of colon cancer treatment was introduced in 2007. We examined prognostic factors for colon cancer operated in 2000 with an aim of improving survival in the new program and a special focus on the merit of lymph node yield. A cohort of 269 patients, 152 women (56.5%), with a mean age of 71 years, was operated for colon cancer(More)
The number of lymph nodes retrieved and examined from a resected colon cancer specimen may be crucial for correct staging. We examined if efforts to increase the lymph node harvest to more than 12 lymph nodes per specimen would upstage some patients from TNM stage II to III. Three hospitals compared results from 2000 with those of 2007 in 421 resected(More)
BACKGROUND Pre-operative anaemia has been related to adverse outcomes after surgical management of colorectal cancer. How various factors may contribute to anaemia and also its post-operative recovery has not been extensively investigated. METHODS Two hundred and thirty five colon cancer patients treated surgically in a community teaching hospital in(More)
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