Does surgeon and/or institution resection volume predict long-term overall survival in head and neck cancer in a publicly funded healthcare system?
Explore this issue:September 2014
Background: Previous studies have demonstrated short- and long-term surgeon- and hospital-volume mortality relationships, but this has not been demonstrated for mucosal head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) or within a universal healthcare system. In Ontario, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan covers all oncology health services, with no alternate care or private care system.
Study design: Population-based retrospective cohort study of 5,720 head and neck cancer patients in Ontario, Canada, who underwent a resection between 1993 and 2010.