Randomized controlled trials have reported improved or unchanged 3-year survival following laparoscopic vs open colon resection for colon cancer.
Dr Martin Janson and colleagues from Sweden determined health-related quality of life in patients randomized to laparoscopic or open resection for colon cancer.
|The laparoscopic colon resection patients did better on the social function component|
The investigators assessed 285 patients, of which 130 had laparoscopic colon resection, and 155 open colon resection from 7 Swedish centers.
The investigative team assessed health-related quality of life preoperatively.
In addition, the team evaluated health-related quality of life at 2, 4, and 12 weeks postoperatively.
The team used the EuroQol, a generic quality of life measure, and the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire that assesses the quality of life of cancer patients.
The team found that the laparoscopic colon resection patients did significantly better on the social function component of the EORTC QLQ-C30 at 2 and 4 weeks.
The laparoscopic colon resection patients also did better on the role function component at 2 weeks.
Dr Janson's team concluded, "Laparoscopic resection for colon cancer improved quality of life during the first postoperative month."