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Oesophagectomy

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to continue minimally-invasive oesophagectomy (MIO) research conducted at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital in the event that MIO procedures are moved from that hospital to Derriford hospital. (306569)

This is a matter for the local national health service.

However, we are advised that the ongoing research projects into minimally invasive surgery for upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer surgery at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust will continue following the centralisation of upper GI cancer surgery for the South West peninsula at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the long-term survival rate for (a) minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and (b) open oesophagectomy is; (306570)

(2) what the mortality rate for (a) minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and (b) open oesophagectomy is;

(3) what the average recovery time for (a) minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and (b) open oesophagectomy is.

Information on the recovery rate and long-term survival rate for minimally-invasive oesophagectomy and open oesophagectomy is not held centrally.

The 30-day mortality rate for minimally-invasive oesophagectomy was 3.4 per cent. and for open oesophagectomy was 3.1 per cent. This information is from the second annual report of the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit (NOGCA), which was published in October 2009. The publication is available on the NHS Information Centre for health and social care website at

www.ic.nhs.uk/og

It is important to note that the second annual report's data do not cover all eligible patients as the audit does not close for submissions until February 2010, and not all eligible trusts have participated.