Special Issue on Laparoscopic Rectal Resections for Rectal Cancer

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					                              International Journal of Surgical Oncology

Special Issue on
Laparoscopic Rectal Resections for Rectal Cancer
Call for Papers
Since the introduction of total mesorectal excision, prognosis     Lead Guest Editor
of patients with rectal cancer has improved considerably.
                                                                   Pompiliu Piso, Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie,
Since several studies suggested that colon cancer resection
                                                                   Universität Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany;
can be performed safely by laparoscopic route, with similar
results to open colectomy, laparoscopic rectal resections
became subject of many studies. However, the surgical
technique is more demanding and convincing; long-term              Guest Editors
results regarding the prognostic impact and costs are not yet
                                                                   Wolf Heitland, Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Gefäß-
                                                                   und Thoraxchirurgie, Klinikum Bogenhausen, 81925
   We invite investigators to contribute original research
                                                                   München, Germany;
articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the
continuing efforts to better define the patient group which          Hauke Lang, Klinik und Poliklinik für Allgemein- und
would benefit by laparoscopic rectal resections for cancer and      Abdominalchirurgie, Universitätsmedizin Mainz, 55131
to elucidate other related aspects. Potential topics include,      Mainz, Germany;
but are not limited to:                                            Martin Strick, Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und
    • Selection criteria for laparoscopic rectal resection
                                                                   Onkologische Chirurgie, Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch,
                                                                   13125 Berlin, Germany;
    • Special aspects of surgical techniques (e.g., mobilisa-
        tion of the splenic flexure, timing of vascular ligation,   Eddy Cotte, Department of Digestive Surgery, Lyon-Sud
        etc.)                                                      Hospital, 69495 Pierre Bénite Cédex, France;
    •   Conversion and its influence on morbidity and prog-
    •   Transanal and NOTES resections
    •   Fast track for rectal cancer
    •   Issues related to learning curve
    •   Costs effectiveness analysis compared to open proce-
    •   Update on finished or ongoing studies

   Before submission authors should carefully read over the
journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www Prospective au-
thors should submit an electronic copy of their complete
manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking Sys-
tem at according to the following

        Manuscript Due           April 1, 2011
        First Round of Reviews   July 1, 2011
        Publication Date         October 1, 2011

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