Cancer treatment survival 'improving'

2 July 2012

The number of people recovering from stomach or oesophageal cancer after receiving treatment for the condition is increasing, the latest statistics reveal.

New statistics taken from the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit show that half of patients with stomach cancer and 45 per cent of those with oesophageal cancer live for three years after diagnosis, compared to only one third doing so ten years ago.

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), which helped to compile the report, noted that it is the first time such data has been published for public reference, with 17,000 patients in England and Wales diagnosed between October 2007 and June 2009 referenced.

According to the RCS, the improvement results reflects better organisation of NHS cancer services, the centralisation of which has enabled patients to have better access to the best possible treatment available.

Commenting on the report, Richard Hardwick, consultant surgeon and member of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons, told the Press Association: "Survival of patients undergoing curative surgery for oesophageal or stomach cancer has improved significantly. Our next challenge is to reduce the rates of complications following these major operations so that our patients recover more quickly from their surgery."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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