Survival Benefits of High-Volume Ovarian Cancer Surgery Centers Come at Accessibility Cost, Study Says

Survival Benefits of High-Volume Ovarian Cancer Surgery Centers Come at Accessibility Cost, Study Says
Hospitals that perform many ovarian cancer surgeries tend to have better treatment outcomes in terms of mortality, a study suggests. But restricting this surgery to only high-volume hospitals would greatly limit treatment availability while only meagerly increasing survival rates, the researchers say. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, is titled "Potential Consequences of Minimum-Volume Standards for Hospitals Treating Women With Ovarian Cancer." Ovarian cancer surgery comes with a high risk of complications, and prior research has suggested that institutions that perform many of these surgeries tend to report better results. Intuitively, this suggests that having a few hospitals that do many such surgeries would lead to the highest survival rates. While that may true, the practicality of such a system is questionable, researchers say. “There’s a strong rationale for implementing minimum-volume standards at hospitals that perform cancer surgeries," because they are "large procedures that require experience and a very specialized skill set,” Jason Wright, MD, a professor at Columbia University and co-author of the study, said in a press release. "But while some hospital systems are voluntarily implementing minimum-volume standards, we haven’t determine
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