Total Mesorectal Excision and Pelvic Node Dissection for Rectal Cancer: An Appraisal

Melinda M. Mortenson, Vijay P. Khatri, Joseph J. Bennett, Nicholas J. Petrelli

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Total mesorectal excision has revolutionized the surgical treatment of rectal cancer since its introduction in the 1980s. The rationale, technique, and outcomes of total mesorectal excision in rectal cancer are explored. Lateral pelvic lymph node dissection is used by the Japanese in selected patients and has remained a controversial approach in the management of rectal cancer. The technique, controversies, and outcomes are summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-197
Number of pages21
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery

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