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Survival rates with head and neck cancers vary widely, audit finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 04 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4758
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Death rates and quality of care among people with head and neck cancers vary widely across England and Wales, figures from the latest National Head and Neck Cancer Audit have shown.1

The audit looked at key outcomes, treatment, and quality of care among all 8429 patients in England and Wales with head and neck primary cancer diagnosed from 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014.

Crude one year mortality rates of head and neck cancers ranged from 7.4% to 15.4% in different cancer networks and strategic …

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