Weekend ER Visits Could be Fatal For Prostate Cancer Patients
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that patients with prostate cancer that has metastasized have a higher risk of dying when visiting a hospital emergency department on the weekend.
Khurshid R. Ghani, MD, of Henry Ford’s Vattikuti Urology Institute and lead study author, and his colleagues examined 15,365 men with metastatic prostate cancer, 3,943 made weekend visits to emergency departments and 11,422 went on weekdays. A total of 9.3 percent of men who went on the weekend died, as compared to 7.7 percent after a weekday visit.
"After adjusting for age and the presence of disease or disorders other than metastatic prostate cancer, weekend visits were associated with a 23 percent increased likelihood of death," Dr. Ghani was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Presentation at the American Urological Association in San Diego, May 2013
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