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Rectal patients receive 'wrong op'

5th June 2008

Researchers from Leeds University have claimed that many rectal cancer patients are receiving inappropriate surgery.

Writing in the journal Gut, they say that hospital data shows that the APE (abdmonoperineal excision) operation, which leaves patients with a permanent colostomy, was being used too often. However, colorectal surgeons have rejected the claims and they say that for many patients the operation remained the best option. Researchers compared results between the APE operation and the anterior resection (AR) procedure for their study.


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