Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 08, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that where a cancer patient receives treatment significantly influences their recovery and survival rate.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/where-you-go-could-increase-cancer-survival-rate) reports, researchers looked at nearly 1,200 patients with advanced head and neck cancer in the U.S. They discovered that patients in hospitals that routinely saw such cancers (thus, dealt with them more regularly) were 15% less likely to die from the disease, compared to patients treated at hospitals that saw a low number of head and neck cancer patients. They also found that patients were 12% less likely to die in a federally designated cancer center.
As the article “Indian Plant May Kill Cancer Cells” notes, more than 52,000 Americans were diagnosed with head and neck cancer last year. If the cancer is labeled an “advanced disease,” it means that it has spread, often to the lymph nodes, which often leads to a much worse prognosis. Expert guidelines suggest that these patients be treated by many different specialists and get multiple different treatments (called “multimodality therapy”).
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that the researchers were surprised to learn that the recommended multimodality therapy was being used at about the same rate (78%–79%) at both low-volume and high-volume hospitals. So, clearly, that wasn’t the reason behind the risks for death.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that while the study didn’t explain the reasons for the differences, the facts speak for themselves, and anyone who lives in a region that offers multiple options as to where they receive treatment should find out if the hospitals have a multimodality approach.
(SOURCE: Sharma, A., et al., “Hospital Volume is Associated with Survival but not Multimodality Therapy in Medicare Patients with Advanced Head and Neck Cancer,” Cancer;
published online March 1, 2013.)
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