How can regionalization improve treatment for people with lung cancer?

Researchers have found that for people being treated for lung cancer, regionalization results in improvements in quality of care throughout surgical treatment. Research has demonstrated that with regionalized care for lung cancer surgery, people spend less (or no) time in the intensive care unit and are able to leave the hospital much sooner, compared to people who do not undergo regionalized care. Importantly, regionalization results in fewer major complications.

Researchers have also found that regionalization results in the increased use of minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and the average operating time for VATS lobectomies decreases by more than 30 minutes after regionalization, possibly due to the surgical team’s efficiency with the repetition of these cases.

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