Patients needing gastrointestinal cancer resections should consider undergoing procedures at high-volume regional medical centers like the top-ranked hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
An article published March 19 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons examined whether the U.S. News & World Report rankings predicted better outcomes for complex gastrointestinal cancer resection procedures.
Study authors analyzed data from the Vizient database for patients who underwent complex GI cancer resections at 42 top-ranked hospitals and 197 unranked hospitals. Study authors found:
1. The mean case volume was four-fold higher at the top ranked hospitals than at the unranked hospitals. The ranked hospitals reported a mean of 73 GI cancer resections performed annually while unranked hospitals reported a mean of 18 cases per year.