Higher Facility Volume Linked With Better Radiation Outcomes for Head and Neck Cancers

October 24, 2016

A study presented last month at ASTRO found that better radiation outcomes for head and neck cancer were associated with higher facility volume.

A study presented last month at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston found that better radiation outcomes for head and neck cancer were associated with higher facility volume.

The findings revealed a 5.7% decreased hazard of death per additional 20 patients treated per facility each year. When annual facility case volume was defined based on a threshold of 95 cases/year (90th percentile), there was a 17.5% decreased hazard of death for higher-volume vs lower-volume facilities.

In this video, Henry S. Park, MD, MPH, of the Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, discusses the results.