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Clinical outcome data for symptomatic breast cancer: the breast cancer clinical outcome measures (BCCOM) project

Bates, Tom, Kearins, O., Monypenny, I., Lagord, C., Lawrence, Gavin P. (2009) Clinical outcome data for symptomatic breast cancer: the breast cancer clinical outcome measures (BCCOM) project. British Journal of Cancer, 101 . pp. 395-402. ISSN 0007-0920. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6605155) (KAR id:23628)

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Abstract

Background: Data collection for screen-detected breast cancer in the UK is fully funded which has led to improvements in clinical practice. However data on symptomatic breast cancer are deficient, and the aim of this project was to monitor the current practice.

Methods: A data set was designed together with surrogate outcome measures to reflect best practice. Data from cancer registries initially required the consent of clinicians, but in the third year anonymised data were available.

Results: The quality of data improved but this varied by region and only a third of cases were validated by clinicians. Regional variations in mastectomy rates were identified and one third of patients who underwent conservative surgery for invasive breast cancer were not recorded as receiving radiotherapy.

Conclusions: National data are essential to ensure that all patients receive appropriate treatment for breast cancer, but variations still exist in the UK and further improvement in data capture is required.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6605155
Additional information: Subsequent correction to Fig.6 published 17.08.2009
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Bates Tom
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 13:20 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23628 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bates, Tom: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5554-1945
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