Colorectal cancer survival better in private hospitals: study

Colorectal cancer patients live 30% longer when treated in private hospitals compared with public hospitals, due to higher intervention rates, according to Australian research.

Median survival times for metastatic colorectal cancer were 28 months for private hospital patients and 20 months for public hospital patients, according to data from more than 1,000 cases at 16 treatment sites across Victoria.

Patients in the private system were more likely to have first-line chemotherapy, surgical resection and also more likely to be managed with curative intent,