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Surgical Practices May Explain Survival Differences

Published on 11 January 2019  | Download | back to previous


This is an image from this news item. (click to view the video)Poor colorectal cancer survival rates in some countries could be due to lower rates of surgical resection in those areas, particularly among elderly patients, according to findings from a retrospective, tumor-registry study published in The Lancet Oncology.1 Surgical techniques did not appear to correlate with survival rates in the comparative study of treatment patterns and patient outcomes in England, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

“Survival from colon cancer and rectal cancer in England and colon cancer in Denmark was lower than in Norway and Sweden,” the authors reported. “Survival paralleled the relative provision of resectional surgery in these countries. Differences in patient selection for surgery, especially in patients older than 75 years or individuals with advanced disease, might partly explain these differences in international colorectal cancer survival.”

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