Future of cancer registries

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1514 (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1514
  1. Nicholas James,
  2. Gill Lawrence
  1. Senior lecturer in clinical oncology, CRC Institute for Cancer Studies, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TH. Codirector, West Midlands Regional Cancer Registry, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham B15 2TH.

    EDITOR,—Allyson Pollock's editorial on the problems that cancer registries face in obtaining good quality data on outcomes points out the potential conflict between datasets based on populations and those based on clinicians.1 Clinically based datasets focus on patients treated in a given centre and do not provide an accurate picture of the treatment received by the population as a whole. On the other hand, data normally collected by cancer registries cover all cases of cancer but typically include inadequate amounts of …

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