A patient’s survival rate can be influenced by a number of factors, including:The type of cancer.
The severity of the disease.
The length of time the patient has been treated.
The number of doctors and nurses working in the community.
It’s also important to consider the level of care and the impact the patient receives, says Dr. Christopher R. Smith, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Medical Research in Excellence.
To test the impact of one patient’s treatment on a community, researchers from the Mayo clinic used data from three large U.S. hospitals to analyze the impact on patient survival and health of different treatments.
The results revealed that treatment with chemotherapy reduced survival in patients with advanced cancer, and that a few doses of radiation reduced the rate of mortality in patients who had advanced cancer but were not in intensive care.
A number of the treatments that the researchers tested had positive effects on the patients’ survival, but they were not enough to reduce the risk of death or severe disability.
This suggests that there is still much more work to be done to improve survival in people with cancer, says Smith.
This research is the first of its kind to show the impact chemotherapy can have on the survival of patients, he adds.
“The best thing you can do is try to treat them,” he says.
“And make sure they have access to the appropriate medical care.
I think the best treatment is the one that is going to be most effective.”
For more information, visit the Mayo researchers’ website at https://www.mayoclinic.com/cure/medical-research/cancer-research-effects-on-survival.aspx.