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Gynaecology: Cancer


Surgical quality data

Statistics show that the surgical services at the RUH are at the top of the league table for surgical cancer clearance, cure rates and patient experience.

Cure Rates

Cure rates from ovary and cervical cancer depend on surgical excision, pathological diagnosis and chemotherapy services. Government data shows that cure rates have been consistently higher at the RUH.

The survival data, in the files below, represents the proportion of women who are alive after their cancer diagnosis from when the public health observatory began records to the most recent publication.

The top graph represents the proportion alive after a year and the lower graph is the proportion at 5 years.

The graph in blue shows the data from the RUH, the red line shows the average chance of surviving for women in Avon Somerset and Wiltshire and the green line represents the average survival of all women in the South West.

There is no comparable national data. The higher the line, the better the survival rates.

Note that only cervical and ovarian cancer survival is likely to be affected by care quality. Uterine cancer survival depends on the cancer, not care and should be the same (and is the same) for all hospitals.

Cancer Survival data for Ovary Cancer

Cancer Survival data for Uterine Cancer

Cancer Survival data for Cervix Cancer

Patient experience

National government statistics show that the RUH cancer rates much higher than average for patient experience. The data is derived from the national patient experience survey

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National Cancer Patient Experience Programme 2011/12 National Survey
Full Report

National Cancer Patient Experience Programme 2011/12 National Survey
Summary of figures expressed as graphs

  • Cancelled gynae cancer operations <1% (National average for all NHS operations 5%)
  • Thrombosis after gynaecological cancer surgery <1%; (National average 4%)
  • Bowel injury;  less than 1% (National average after colon resection 4%)
  • Urinary fistulae when there has been no prior radiotherapy;  less than 1% (National average 2%)
  • Lymphnode harvest rate 100% cases meeting the south west target (number of cases nationally that fail to meet the target 28%).
  • Optimal debulking rate (proportion of ovary cancer that can be completely removed at surgery 78% (compared to 66% in Europe, 28% in the UK).
  • Mortality from radical cancer surgery 0%

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