Quality of life after transanal endoscopic microsurgery and total mesorectal excision in early rectal cancer.

@article{Doornebosch2007QualityOL,
  title={Quality of life after transanal endoscopic microsurgery and total mesorectal excision in early rectal cancer.},
  author={Pascal Gabri{\"e}l Doornebosch and Rob A. E. M. Tollenaar and Martijn Pieter Gosselink and Laurents P. S. Stassen and Cees M Dijkhuis and Willem R Schouten and Cornelis J. H. van de Velde and Eelco J. R. de Graaf},
  journal={Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland},
  year={2007},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={553-8}
}
OBJECTIVE Total mesorectal excision (TME) is the gold standard in rectal cancer, if curation is intended. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is a much safer technique and seems to have comparable survival in early rectal cancer. The impact of both procedures on quality of life has never been compared. In this study we compared quality of life after TEM and TME. METHOD Fifty-four patients underwent TEM for a T1 carcinoma. Only patients without known locoregional or distant recurrences… CONTINUE READING