Can smaller-scale comprehensive cancer centers provide outstanding care in abdominal and thoracic pediatric solid tumor surgery? Results of a 14-year retrospective single-center analysis.

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serval:BIB_184AFF8098CA
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Can smaller-scale comprehensive cancer centers provide outstanding care in abdominal and thoracic pediatric solid tumor surgery? Results of a 14-year retrospective single-center analysis.
Journal
Annals of surgical oncology
Author(s)
Joseph J.M., Farron A.M., Renella R., Gapany C.
ISSN
1534-4681 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1068-9265
Publication state
Published
Issued date
05/2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
21
Number
5
Pages
1726-1731
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Clinical Trial ; Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Quality of care and its measurement represent a considerable challenge for pediatric smaller-scale comprehensive cancer centers (pSSCC) providing surgical oncology services. It remains unclear whether center size and/or yearly case-flow numbers influence the quality of care, and therefore impact outcomes for this population of patients.
We performed a 14-year, retrospective, single-center analysis, assessing adherence to treatment protocols and surgical adverse events as quality indicators in abdominal and thoracic pediatric solid tumor surgery.
Forty-eight patients, enrolled in a research-associated treatment protocol, underwent 51 cancer-oriented surgical procedures. All the protocols contain precise technical criteria, indications, and instructions for tumor surgery. Overall, compliance with such items was very high, with 997/1,035 items (95 %) meeting protocol requirements. There was no surgical mortality. Twenty-one patients (43 %) had one or more complications, for a total of 34 complications (66 % of procedures). Overall, 85 % of complications were grade 1 or 2 according to Clavien-Dindo classification requiring observation or minor medical treatment. Case-sample and outcome/effectiveness data were comparable to published series. Overall, our data suggest that even with the modest caseload of a pSSCC within a Swiss tertiary academic hospital, compliance with international standards can be very high, and the incidence of adverse events can be kept minimal.
Open and objective data sharing, and discussion between pSSCCs, will ultimately benefit our patient populations. Our study is an initial step towards the enhancement of critical self-review and quality-of-care measurements in this setting.
Keywords
Abdominal Neoplasms/mortality, Abdominal Neoplasms/surgery, Adolescent, Cancer Care Facilities/statistics & numerical data, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Infant, Male, Neoplasm Staging, Neoplasms/mortality, Neoplasms/surgery, Pediatrics, Postoperative Complications, Prognosis, Retrospective Studies, Survival Rate, Thoracic Surgical Procedures
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