Journal of Oncology

Oncological Minimally Invasive Surgery

Publishing date
01 May 2019
Submission deadline
04 Jan 2019

Lead Editor

1Shandong University, Zibo, China

2Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

3Shandong University, Jinan, China

4University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

5Harvard University, Boston, USA

Oncological Minimally Invasive Surgery


To date, combination of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or other adjuvant therapies has been widely acknowledged in the treatment of solid tumors. Minimally invasive surgery originally refers to surgical procedures that limit the size of surgical incisions needed so that the blood loss, wound healing time, associated pain and scarring, hospitalization time, risk of infection, and postsurgical complications are usually much less. With the development of medical technologies and equipment, surgical treatment of tumors is much less invasive since it involves much smaller surgical incisions than the corresponding open surgery procedures, which were very popular in the past.

Nowadays, many conditions previously requiring open surgery could be treated with minimally invasive procedures. With the help of imaging techniques (such as arthroscopic or laparoscopic techniques) and radiologists, surgeons are able to make diagnoses, identify internal features, and perform surgical procedures with very small incisions. However, minimally invasive surgery seems not so welcomed or prevalent in several medical conditions, such as cancers. Cancerous tissues or cells could spread from an initial or primary site to a different or secondary site, sometimes distantly, within the patient’s or host’s body. Therefore, surgical treatment puts more emphasis on cleaning up the cancerous tissues rather than minor incisions, and omission of tiny cancerous tissues during surgical removal would lead to fatal results, even for preinvasive lesion or carcinoma in situ, while the concept, advantages, and benefits of minimally invasive procedures, which have been mentioned above, should not be ignored in the treatment of cancers. Moreover, a large amount of previous research has indicated that the enlarged extent of operating did not bring increased survival rate. On the other hand, cancer patients at advanced stages are usually poor candidates for more invasive procedures, who may be unable to tolerate open surgery or rounds of external beam radiotherapy. These patients usually suffer a lot during survival such as intense pain and paraplegia, if no surgical procedure was applicable besides conservative management. We need to find a way to satisfy these patients with relatively mild treatment strategies besides palliative treatment/conservative management.

We encourage original clinical research submissions (retrospective study, prospective study, or randomized controlled trial) or systematic or meta-analytic reviews, addressing innovative therapeutic strategies using minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat the cancer metastasis or satisfy cancer patients with metastases. Phase II trials are especially welcomed. All submitted manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer-review processes to evaluate their suitability for academic publication. This special issue is open for a limited number of papers, which describe and report significant clinical findings in the current state.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • MIS procedures for preinvasive lesion or carcinoma in situ
  • MIS procedures in treatment of invasive tumors
  • Cancer metastasis treatment adopting MIS concept/techniques
  • MIS treatment versus palliative treatment for cancer patients at advanced stages


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1903297
  • - Editorial

Oncological Minimally Invasive Surgery

Qiang Huo | Qifeng Yang | ... | Tao Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5383086
  • - Research Article

Uniportal VATS Coil-Assisted Resections for GGOs

Maria Teresa Congedo | Roberto Iezzi | ... | Stefano Margaritora
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8738502
  • - Review Article

Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastric Cancer: The European Point of View

Mickael Chevallay | Minoa Jung | ... | Stefan Mönig
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 7904740
  • - Research Article

Treatment of Spinal Metastases with Epidural Cord Compression through Corpectomy and Reconstruction via the Traditional Open Approach versus the Mini-Open Approach: A Multicenter Retrospective Study

Xi Zhou | Haomin Cui | ... | Yong Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8637895
  • - Research Article

Relationship between Upper Extremity Lymphatic Drainage and Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Patients with Breast Cancer

Xiaokai Ma | Shishuai Wen | ... | Qifeng Yang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3809383
  • - Research Article

Can We Increase the Resection Rate by Minimally Invasive Approach? Experience from 100 Minimally Invasive Esophagectomies

Olli Helminen | Johanna Mrena | Eero Sihvo
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