When you’ve been diagnosed with rectal cancer, it’s not just your butt on the line.
It’s your very life at stake.
When you’re choosing your treatment, the one thing that matters most — really the ONLY thing that matters at all — is which one will cure your cancer and maximize your lifespan.
You’d think your surgeon would have the same goal.
The sad reality is he’s more likely to push the surgery that’ll maximize his profits instead. He’ll try to razzle-dazzle you with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, promising smaller incisions… faster recovery times… fewer days in the hospital… and less pain.
Notice something missing from that list? Outcomes!
Pain levels and recovery times don’t matter a lick if the cancer isn’t completely eliminated and comes back. And now, TWO new studies show how minimally invasive surgery falls short by two of the most important measures.
Both studies find that minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery removes tumor tissue with precision and without much damage to healthy tissue 82 percent of the time in cases of advanced, but still curable, rectal cancers.
That might sound pretty good until you see that traditional surgery has success rates of 87 percent and 89 percent, according to the two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big difference, 82 percent versus 89 percent.
But when you’re locked in a battle with the Big C, you need every edge you can get — because this is a life-or-death decision.
So don’t cut corners when your own rear end is on the line. Don’t choose the surgery that promises that fastest recovery or the least amount of pain. Choose the procedure that’s most likely to work — and if it turns out your cancer needs surgery, that means sticking with the tried-and-true.
And if you don’t have cancer I have two pieces of advice.
First, thank your lucky stars. And second, get your butt into gear and schedule that colonoscopy you’ve been putting off. It could help assure you never get handed that dreaded diagnosis.
It’s the only screening that can detect potentially cancerous growths and treat them on the spot.
For some important tips on how and when to get a colonoscopy, read this free report from the Daily Dose archives.