RESEARCHERS FROM Fox Chase Cancer Center have discovered a link between higher patient volume at cancer facilities and improved survival in two studies of patients with advanced cancer.1,2 These data underscore the ability of a higher-volume facility to provide patients with more experience and access to resources.
The investigators gleaned past data from the National Cancer Database from between 2004 and 2013 and assessed the association between survival and treatment volume in patients with renal cell and prostate cancers. Their findings indicated patient survival improved as hospital volume increased. The association between patient volume and improved survival remained after categorizing the patients according to disease and treatment characteristics. ■