The National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit is pleased to announce publication of its 9th annual report. It covers patients diagnosed with oesophageal or gastric cancer between April 2014 and March 2016 (from 2013 for surgical topics) and patients with high grade dysplasia diagnosed between April 2012 and March 2016. Highlights of the report include the following findings:
- The audit found the number of patients that died in hospital after surgery to remove a tumour in the stomach reduced from 6% between 2007-09, to 2% during 2014-16.
- For patients needing surgery to remove the food pipe (oesophagus), mortality rates for patients in hospital have more than halved since the period between 2007 and 2009, from 4.5% of patients to just 2.1% in 2014-16.
- The audit also found that some patients waited up to 100 days following their diagnosis for treatment for their cancer.
- Guidelines suggest that the management of High Grade Dysplasia (HGD) should be limited to NHS trusts treating 15 or more cases each year. However, of the 115 NHS Trusts that have responsibility for the treatment of patients with HGD, only six organisations (5.2%) treated this number of patients between 2014-16. The average number of cases at each trust is less than five.