Hospital cancer unit named as one of the best in UK for eighth year running

NNUH oesophago-gastric cancer unit team. Photo: NNUH

NNUH oesophago-gastric cancer unit team. Photo: NNUH - Credit: NNUH

The oesophago-gastric cancer centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is celebrating results from the recent National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit (NOGCA), which names the trust as one of the best centres in the UK for the eighth year running.

The audit highlighted how NNUH has one of the lowest mortality rates after major complex operations for cancer of the oesophagus, as well as the shortest length of stay for patients post-operation. The national average of length of stay for these patients is 12 to 15 days, however NNUH patients stay on average just seven days after their operation. This means we have one of the quickest recovery rates following this type of surgery for our patients in the country.

Each year, NNUH performs around 50 to 60 minimally invasive oesophagectomy (MIO), a procedure which removes part of the oesophagus (gullet).

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