Cancer patients set to benefit from world's largest surgery study
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Improved care for patients undergoing cancer surgery is the focus of a pioneering worldwide study.

Doctors say the initiative – funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – will enable them to gauge surgery quality across the globe and highlight ways to improve patient care.

Some 16 million people worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Around 80 per cent of them will need surgery, but success rates vary worldwide and people will not have access to high quality surgical care.

The pioneering study – known as GlobalSurg3 – will pool patient information from hundreds of hospitals to directly compare surgery quality in more than 100 countries across four continents.

Teams of medical professionals at each site will upload patient data for breast, gastric and colon cancer surgeries on a secure online database. They will detail complications such as infections and record death rates following an operation.

The research – launched today at an event attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh – is led by the Universities of Edinburgh, Birmingham and Warwick. It is part of the GlobalSurg Collaborative, an international network of more than 5000 medical professionals

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