Volumes of cancer surgery for breast, colorectal and ovarian cancer 1992-97: Is there evidence of increasing sub-specialization by surgeons?
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The 'Calman-Hine Report' (1995) recommended that cancer surgery should be limited to 'high-volume' consultants. Through an analysis of 5 years of Hospital Episode Statistics for the West Midlands region (1992-1997), we have investigated whether there is evidence of increasing numbers of patients with breast. colorectal or ovarian cancer being treated by high throughput, i.e. sub-specialist surgeons, who carry out more than a threshold level of primary cancer resections annually. The proportion of cases treated by the high-volume breast, colorectal and ovarian cancer surgeons increased annually during the 5 years. The absolute number of consultant firms who undertook breast cancer resections reduced during the 5 years; but the number doing colorectal and ovarian surgery increased. Throughout the 5 years, half of the ovarian cancer resections were carried out by consultant firms who did very few procedures - less than 5 of these procedures annually. The relatively high case-load, the elective nature of breast cancer surgery and an early policy change have undoubtedly facilitated the move towards sub-specialization. The weaker trends for colorectal and ovarian cancer surgery suggest continued monitoring is required to ensure that there is a reduction in the proportion of people treated by surgeons who undertake few cancer resections annually. (C) 2001 Cancer Research Campaign.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||British Journal of Cancer|
|Early online date||15 May 2001|
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 2001|
- volume of clinical activity, ovarian neoplasms, colorectal neoplasms, breast neoplasms