Australasian randomised clinical trial comparing laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of colon cancer: Follow-up. [ 2005 - 2007 ]

Also known as: Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study (ALCCaS): Follow-up.

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Peter Hewett (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Andrew Stevenson Prof Michael Solomon

Brief description Colon cancer is one of the most common solid tumours in western society. The usual initial treatment is excision of the cancer by an operation done through a cut down the midline of the abdominal wall. Over the past 15 years, minimally invasive technology has changed the approach to many surgical operations. A good example of this is an operation to remove the gall bladder. This is now routinely done using a laparoscope (telescope) which is introduced at the umbilicus. An image on a video screen of the gall bladder is then used to guide instruments to remove the gall bladder without making a large incision in the abdominal wall. This is called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The safety of a laparoscopic assisted approach in the removal of colon cancer is yet to be determined. This study will compare the long term and short term outcomes of people who have colon cancers removed whether by laparotomy ( a cut in the midline of the abdominal wall) or by a laparoscopic assisted approach (telescope).

Funding Amount $AUD 233,000.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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