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Comparative cancer survival information in Europe

Published:February 17, 2009DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2009.01.018
      Accurate population-based information on cancer patient survival is indispensable for effective cancer control, and cancer registries have the essential task of collecting that information.
      • Coleman P.
      • Alexe D.M.
      • Albreht T.
      • Mckee C.M.
      Responding to the challenge of cancer in Europe.
      While clinicians need survival from clinical series to evaluate the efficacy of their treatments, only population-based survival comparisons can provide information on the effectiveness of healthcare systems.
      • Micheli A.
      • Capocaccia R.
      • Martinez C.
      • et al.
      Cancer control in Europe: a proposed set of European cancer health indicators.
      • Micheli A.
      • Berrino F.
      • Paci E.
      • Verdecchia A.
      • Pierotti M.A.
      Strategies for cancer control in Italy.
      Population-based cancer registration is also necessary for monitoring cancer incidence and for estimating cancer prevalence (the proportion of people living with a diagnosis of cancer) which are required for healthcare planning and resource allocation. Cancer mortality also provides important information for cancer control but, as discussed subsequently, it is not sufficient on its own.
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