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Bowel cancer treatment gets better, report says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39048.340428.DB (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1141
  1. Toby Reynolds
  1. 1London

The treatment of bowel cancer has improved in the United Kingdom in the past five years, with the quality of surgery and histopathology rising, an audit has shown.

The report of the National Bowel Cancer Audit Project aims to encourage the collection of more data to improve standards and better inform patients. The report was produced for the Healthcare Commission.

The report says that the proportion of hospital trusts meeting the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline target of examining a median of 12 lymph nodes after surgery has risen to 50% in 2005 …

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