World Cancer Day - 4 February 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

World Cancer day is Sunday 4 February 2018. One of the most common areas covered in PHRN publications includes cancer research.  This is a recent case study demonstrating how the PHRN infrastructure has recently helped researchers.

Rural patients not receiving recommended colorectal cancer treatment

The Challenge - To assess patterns of care and adherence to the guidelines for colorectal cancer management. Disparities in treatment was explored.

How the PHRN Infrastructure Helped - SANT DataLink linked records from South Australian Cancer Registry, hospital data, radiotherapy data and hospital-based cancer registry systems.

The Result - About 83% of colon and 56% of rectal cancer patients received recommended treatment. Provision of neo-adjuvant/adjuvant therapies may be less than optimal.

Beckmann, K. R., et al. (2014). "Treatment patterns among colorectal cancer patients in South Australia: a demonstration of the utility of population-based data linkage." Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 20: 467–477.

For further details on the case study click here


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