Population-based use of sphincter-preserving surgery in patients with rectal cancer: is there room for improvement?

BACKGROUND Treatment of rectal cancer in North America has been associated with lower rates of sphincter-preserving surgery in comparison with other regions. It is unclear if these lower rates are due to patient, tumor, or treatment factors; thus, the potential to increase the use of sphincter-preserving surgery is unknown. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study… (More)