Results and Outcomes

The results

Henry Ford's approach to treating pancreas cancers has benefited our patients.

  • 76 percent of the patients who have the laparoscopic surgery that determined the type of cancer receive post-operative treatment, like chemotherapy or radiation. Only 43 percent of patients who undergo the traditional surgery are able to receive that treatment, often times because they are too weak from the surgery to handle the treatment.
  • The average number of days from surgery to treatment for patients who have laparoscopic surgery is 13 days. For those that go the other route, the average time to treatment from surgery is 35 days.

The quality of care provided

Patients have more options than ever before in choosing a surgeon and hospital to provide them care. For these more complex high-risk surgeries though, not all surgeons and hospitals are alike. At Henry Ford, we've identified several measures that indicate good quality.

The number of pancreatic surgeries performed is correlated with the key measurements used to determine a hospital's quality. In hospitals that do less than 30 surgeries annually, only 47 percent have an intensive care unit, 60 percent have a safe practice score, 23 percent have a five-star rating from Healthgrades.com, 50 percent offer a residency program to train future surgeons, 34 percent have a gastroenterology fellowship and 87 percent have interventional radiology services.

For hospitals that do more than 30 surgeries a year, those numbers do generally increase. Henry Ford Hospital meets all the requirements.

  • High-volume hospitals have all the other support necessary to ensure that patients can get through this operation (ICU, experienced nurses, interventional radiology, other specialists).
  • High-volume does not insure quality care but it is important when it is grouped with the other support services offered by the hospital.
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