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Oesophageal and gastric cancer need to be detected earlier to improve outcomes, audit finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7340 (Published 27 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7340
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The number of patients surviving surgery for oesophageal and stomach cancer has reached its highest ever, but many cases are still being diagnosed too late for patients to benefit from treatment, an audit has found.

The national oesophagogastric cancer audit found that 30 day mortality after surgery fell from 4.1% in 2008-10, when the audit started, to 2.3% in 2011-13.1 Similarly, 90 day mortality fell from 6.5% to 4.5% over the same period.

The audit collects data on all patients in England and Wales who are given a diagnosis of oesophageal or stomach cancer. Altogether 22 832 patients received a diagnosis of oesophageal or stomach cancer between 1 …

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