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Fewer complications after surgery for patients with oesophago-gastric cancer but use of palliative services varies between cancer networks, says national audit

 

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Fewer complications after surgery for patients with oesophago-gastric cancer but use of palliative services varies between cancer networks, says national audit

Patients who have curative surgery for oesophago-gastric cancer have a lower risk of death in hospital following their operation compared to eight years ago, according to new findings released by the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit.

Overall, in-hospital mortality after surgery in England and Wales is now 4.5 per cent for oesophageal cancer patients and 6.0 per cent for stomach cancer patients according to the audit, which collected information on 3,612 curative operations. A previous audit of patients who had surgery between 1999 and 2002 found in-hospital mortality rates for these oesophageal and stomach operations of 14 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.  More …