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UM/Sylvester Surgeons Show High Volume Centers Have Better Outcomes Against Soft-Tissue Sarcomas

07.25.2007

Cancer patients who have surgery for soft-tissue sarcomas fare significantly better at high-volume academic medical centers than at lower volume community centers, even when the patients have more advanced disease. That’s the conclusion of a study authored by surgical oncologists at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Annals of Surgery. Soft tissue sarcomas can strike muscle, cartilage and GI tract tissue, and affect about 9,500 Americans a year according to the American Cancer Society. “Overall, survival was three months longer, and with a lower rate of amputation as another independent measure of success,” said Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UM Miller School of Medicine.