Survival rates after bowel cancer surgery rise in England and Wales

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6780
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

More patients than ever are surviving colorectal cancer after surgery in England and Wales, the National Bowel Cancer Audit report 2015 has found.1

The audit, published by the Royal College of Surgeons, found that 96.2% of patients were alive 90 days after bowel cancer surgery in 2013-14, up from 94.2% in 2009-10. Although patients who have an emergency operation are known to be more likely to die within 90 days of their operation, survival after emergency surgery has also improved over the past five years …

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