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Survival of Australian lung cancer patients and the impact of distance from and attendance at a thoracic specialist centre: a data linkage study

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Elizabeth Tracey, Brian McCaughan, Tim Badgery-Parker, Jane Young, Bruce Armstrong

Records of nearly 24,000 Australian patients with NSCLC were evaluated to determine the relationship between distance to the nearest speciality hospital (NASH) and survival.  Increasing distance from a NASH was associated with decreasing likelihood of admission to a NASH and decreasing likelihood of lung cancer resection, resulting in an increasing hazard of lung cancer death.  Lung cancer outcomes are best when patients are treated in a specialty hospital. 

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