Lung and colorectal cancer treatment and outcomes in the Veterans Affairs health care system.

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Journal Article (Review)

Lung cancer (LC) and colorectal cancer (CRC) are the second- and third-most commonly diagnosed cancers in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. While many studies have evaluated the treatment quality and outcomes of various aspects of VA LC and CRC care, there are no known reviews synthesizing this information across studies. The purpose of this literature review was to describe LC and CRC treatment (ie, surgical and nonsurgical) and outcomes (eg, mortality, psychosocial, and other) in the VA health care system as reported in the existing peer-reviewed scientific literature. We identified potential articles through a search of published literature using the PubMed electronic database. Our search strategy identified articles containing Medical Subject Headings terms and keywords addressing veterans or veterans' health and LC and/or CRC. We limited articles to those published in the previous 11 years (January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2013). A total of 230 articles were retrieved through the search. After applying the selection criteria, we included 74 studies (34 LC, 47 CRC, and seven both LC and CRC). VA provides a full array of treatments, often with better outcomes than other health care systems. More work is needed to assess patient-reported outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zullig, LL; Williams, CD; Fortune-Britt, AG

Published Date

  • 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 /

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 35

PubMed ID

  • 25609998

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25609998

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1179-1322

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2147/CMAR.S75463

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • New Zealand