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Study Finds Top Cancer Hospital Affiliates Have Lower Survival Rates

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Becker’s Hospital Review writes: Patients treated at healthcare facilities affiliated with top-ranked cancer hospitals have worse long-term survival rates, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.

Researchers analyzed data on 119,834 patients who had surgery for esophageal, gastric, lung, pancreatic, colorectal and bladder cancer between 2012 and 2016. Two-thirds of the patients were treated at top cancer hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The remainder sought care at affiliated hospitals. 

The adjusted 90-day surgical mortality rate for all cancer types was higher at affiliates than top-ranked hospitals. Top cancer hospitals also had better long- and short-term survival rates, even when models were adjusted to account for annual surgical volume.

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