What is known?
Curative treatment for gastric and oesophageal cancers requires complex surgery.
Queensland has significantly lower resection volumes compared with international series.
What is new?
Surgery performed in high volume, high service centres resulted in better delivery of high-quality surgery following oesophagogastric cancer resection and better long-term survival following oesophagectomy.
What does this mean?
These findings support the centralisation of surgical care to high volume, high service centres.
Contact: Peter Baade
Reference: Narendra A, Baade PD, Aitken JF, Fawcett J, Leggett B, Leggett C, Tian K, Sklavos T, Smithers BM. Hospital characteristics associated with better ‘quality of surgery’ and survival following oesophagogastric cancer surgery in Queensland: a population-level study. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2020. doi: 10.1111/ans.16397.