Laparoscopic resection offers mortality advantage for elderly with CRC

A review shows there's other benefits, including fewer complications compared with open surgery, but no increase in overall survival

Older adults with colorectal cancer have a 30% lower risk of death in the three months following laparoscopic resection than those undergoing open surgery, an analysis shows.

Laparoscopic surgery was also linked to a reduced likelihood of complications including the need for blood transfusion, sepsis and postoperative ileus, Chinese researchers have found.