Surgery less likely if breast cancer diagnosed as an emergency

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According to a new study presented at the annual National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) Cancer Outcomes Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, researchers from Cancer Research UK and NCIN have found that patients with breast cancer are four times less likely to undergo potentially lifesaving surgery if diagnosed as an emergency rather than through an urgent general practitioner.

For the study, researchers compared the proportion of patients having major surgery at 20 cancer sites with those who received surgery following an urgent general practitioner referral. Results showed that only 20% of patients with breast cancer underwent surgery if they were diagnosed with cancer as an emergency versus 80% of patients who were diagnosed after an urgent 2-week referral from their general practitioner.

Patients with kidney care also had a large difference with 30% of patients undergoing surgery when diagnosed as an emergency compared with 70% of those diagnosed after urgent referral.

Surgery less likely if breast cancer diagnosed as an emergency
Surgery less likely if breast cancer diagnosed as an emergency
Breast cancer patients are four times less likely to have potentially lifesaving surgery if diagnosed as an emergency rather than through an urgent GP referral, according to a new data published today (Monday).
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