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RATIONALE: Laparoscopic-assisted resection is a less invasive type of surgery for rectal cancer and may have fewer side effects and improve recovery. It is not yet known whether laparoscopic-assisted resection is more effective than open resection in treating patients with rectal cancer.
PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying laparoscopic-assisted resection to see how well it works compared with open resection in treating patients with stage IIA, stage IIIA, or stage IIIB rectal cancer.
- To test the hypothesis that laparoscopic-assisted resection is not inferior to open resection, based on a composite primary endpoint of oncologic factors that are indicative of a safe and feasible surgical resection, in patients with stage IIA, IIIA, or IIIB rectal cancer.
- To compare the patient-related benefit of laparoscopic-assisted resection vs open resection, in terms of blood loss, length of stay, and utilization of pain medication.
- To compare the disease-free survival and local pelvic recurrence at 2 years.
- To compare the quality of life, sexual function, and bowel and stoma function.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to site of primary tumor (high vs middle vs low rectum), registering surgeon, and planned operative procedure (low anterior resection vs abdominal perineal resection). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.
- Arm I: Patients undergo open laparotomy and rectal resection.
- Arm II: Patients undergo laparoscopic-assisted rectal resection. Quality of life is assessed periodically using EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaires (EORTC QLQ-C30 and -CR38), the Linear Analog Self-Assessment (LASA), the Stoma Quality of Life Scale (SQOLS), and the Mayo Bowel Function Questionnaire (MBFQ).
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for up to 5 years.
Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Treatment
therapeutic conventional surgery, therapeutic laparoscopic surgery
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:28:39-0400
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