All cancers diagnosed in England are registered by the network of Cancer Registries (eight across the country, with an additional one covering childhood cancers), which collect a range of data about the cancer patients, their treatment and their outcomes.
This provides a vital database to allow comparisons of incidence, services and outcomes. This allows commissioners, providers and clinicians to assess the needs of their populations and to benchmark their services and outcomes, and therefore to identify areas where there is scope for improvements.
Cancer Registry data enables assessment of survival rates for different cancers, by different groups of people, and assessment of variations in survival rates.
The National Cancer Intelligence Network works across the registries and with stakeholders to extend the range and depth of intelligence which can be derived from registry data when linked with other data, including the production of targeted clinical reports and a range of composite “profiles” for providers and commissioners
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More about the UK cancer registries