Feasibility and oncological outcomes of laparoscopic rectal resection following neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy: A systematic review
Pawan Kumar Dhruva Rao, Manojkumar S Nair, Puthucode N Haray, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9DT, Wales, United Kingdom
Puthucode N Haray, University of South Wales, Pontypridd CF37 1DL, Wales, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Dhruva Rao PK and Nair MS developed the protocol, conduced the literature search and systematic review as per protocol; Haray PN served as a referee and guided the project; all authors contributed to the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest: All the authors are employed by the National Health Service and confirm that they have no conflicts of interest financial or otherwise to declare.
Data sharing: This is a systematic review and all data pertaining to the study have been summarized in the tables of the manuscript. No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Pawan Kumar Dhruva Rao, MBBS, MS, MRCSEd, Specialty Trainee in Surgery, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Prince Charles Hospital, Gurnos Rd, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9DT, Wales, United Kingdom. email@example.com
Received: December 4, 2014
Peer-review started: December 4, 2014
First decision: December 12, 2014
Revised: December 23, 2014
Accepted: January 9, 2015
Article in press: January 12, 2015
Published online: March 28, 2015