|We only aware of one study
examined NCI-designation and outcomes.
Unfortunately, surgical treatment for prostate cancer was not studied.
|Comparing to high volume
control hospitals, cancer centers were found to have significantly lower
operative mortality rates than control hospitals for colectomy, pulmonary
resection, gastrectomy and esophogectomy; however, long-term survival rates
did not differ between NCI cancer centers and control hospitals.
|There are no studies that
compare mortality in NCI vs. non NCI centers for prostate cancer
outcomes. It is also unclear
whether utilization of NCI centers differs substantially between the races
for prostate cancer