Bowel cancer treatment and diagnostic screening methods are helping the fight against the
A new study commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
found that surgery was becoming more widely used and more successful.
Key-hole procedures were used in 30 per cent of bowel cancer cases in the
12-month period prior to July 2010 – a figure which is five percentage points
higher than the annual period leading to July 2009.
The number of patients who die within 30 days of surgery fell to 3.7 per
"Changes in surgical techniques, use of state of the art imaging
techniques and the further reduction in 30-day post-operative mortality are to
be welcomed," said the clinical leader of the report Paul Finan.
He said that the statistics could be improved further if some patients were
assigned a consultant as soon as they are admitted.
According to Cancer Research UK, bowel cancer is the third most common
cancer in the UK and 80 per cent of cases are diagnosed in patients over 60.
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Cancer treatment news : 6 December 2011