In Ovarian Cancer Care, Focus on High-Volume Centers Could Come at a Cost
A new study from a team of researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, led by Jason Wright, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, found that limiting ovarian cancer surgery to high-volume hospitals could improve survival but also may reduce access for many rural and underserved patients.
“Our study shows that hospitals considering implementing minimum-volume standards for cancer surgery could unintentionally prevent many patients from getting timely care for a minimal increase in survival,” said Dr. Wright, associate professor of gynecologic oncology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the study’s senior author.
The findings were published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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