In 2015, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) published a report to bring important California hospital cancer surgery volume information to consumers, providers, and stakeholders. Safety in Numbers: Cancer Surgeries in California Hospitals revealed an association between low hospital surgery volume and higher mortality and complication rates for the following 11 cancers: bladder, brain, breast, colon, esophagus, liver, lung, pancreas, prostate, rectum, and stomach.
As an update to the 2015 Safety in Numbers Report, CHCF conducted a new analysis of California hospitals using recently released Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) cancer surgery volume data. The results suggest that the low cancer surgery volume issue persists in California – 72% of California hospitals performed only one or two surgeries for one or more of the 11 cancers mentioned above. To access the full report, we encourage you to read the full issue brief, Small Numbers Can Have Big Consequences: Many California Hospitals Perform Dangerously Low Numbers of Cancer Surgeries.
See how your hospital compares. You can look up the number of surgeries performed at California hospitals for 11 cancer types here, on CalHospitalCompare.org. Enter your hospital in the “compare hospitals” search bar and then select “cancer surgery” on the left side of the screen to view results.