Why should patients consider treatment in a center of excellence?

FAQ Library published on September 27, 2013 in Practice
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Margaret A. Tempero, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, California

Why should patients consider treatment in a center of excellence?
I am Margaret Tempero, director of the Pancreas Center at the University of California, San Francisco. I am often asked when patients should be referred to a center of excellence for treatment of pancreatic cancer. Well, when surgery is being considered, patients must be referred to a center of excellence that is also a high-volume center for surgery. Study after study has shown that the outcomes are far better in hospitals where there is a high volume of pancreatic surgery. These surgeries may be for cancer or they may be for benign tumors or even pancreatitis, but the common theme is that these centers have strong surgical skills, they have good supportive systems, good nursing support, good vascular teams, they just do this a lot and they are better at this. So it just makes sense they are going to have better outcomes.
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