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Cancers 2016, 8(1), 12;

Benefits of Minimal Access Surgery in Elderly Patients with Pelvic Cancer

Service de chirurgie gynécologique, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Rennes, Hôpital Sud, 16 Bd de Bulgarie, 35000 Rennes, France
Inserm, ER440-OSS, CRLCC Eugène Marquis, Avenue Bataille Flandre-Dunkerque, 35000 Rennes, France
Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Segal Cancer Center, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3T 1E2, Canada
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Academic Editor: Michael W. Retsky
Received: 5 June 2015 / Revised: 10 December 2015 / Accepted: 5 January 2016 / Published: 12 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancers and Aging)
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An increasing proportion of patients requiring treatment for malignancy are elderly, which has created new challenges for oncologic surgeons. Aging is associated with an increasing prevalence of frailty and comorbidities that may affect the outcome of surgical procedures. By decreasing complications and shortening length of hospital stay without affecting oncologic safety, surgery performed using the robot, rather than traditional laparotomy, improves the chances of a better outcome in our growing elderly populations. In addition to age, surgeons should take into account factors, such as frailty and comorbidities that correlate with outcome. View Full-Text
Keywords: robotic surgery; minimal invasive surgery; cancer; elderly robotic surgery; minimal invasive surgery; cancer; elderly
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Lavoué, V.; Gotlieb, W. Benefits of Minimal Access Surgery in Elderly Patients with Pelvic Cancer. Cancers 2016, 8, 12.

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