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Incidence and determinants of 1-month mortality after cancer-directed surgery

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Source Name: Annals of Oncology


B. A. Mahal, G. Inverso, A. A. Aizer, D. R. Ziehr, A. S. Hyatt, T. K. Choueiri, K. E. Hoffman, J. C. Hu, C. J. Beard, A. V. D'Amico, N. E. Martin, P. F. Orio III, Q.-D. Trinh and P. L. Nguyen

There is growing recognition that hospital mortality is not an accurate metric for surgery-related mortality after cancer operations.  This article evaluated SEER data for 1-month mortality after cancer surgery in nearly 54,000 patients.  4.8% died within 1 month of surgery.  Favorable factors included being married, being insured, having an above-median income, and having an above-median educational status.  Eliminating such adverse outcomes in those with socioeconomic disparities provides the opportunity to substantially improve cancer survival.

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