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Survival rates after bowel cancer surgery reach all time high, audit shows

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 03 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4266
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Four in five patients who have major surgery for bowel cancer survive at least two years, show figures from the latest national bowel cancer audit.1

The audit of data from more than 50 000 bowel cancer patients in England and Wales also showed that survival was much poorer in those patients who didn’t have surgery, with only two in five patients surviving for two years. Many of the patients who did not undergo a major resection were too frail, or the cancer was too advanced, but the report said that there needed to be more investigation to find out the reasons …

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