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BACKGROUND The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) represents a national electronic registry system now capturing nearly 60% of incident cancers in the U. S. In combination with other Commission on Cancer programs, the NCDB offers a working example of voluntary, accurate, cost-effective "outcomes management" on a both a local and national scale. In addition,(More)
BACKGROUND The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has conducted national Patient Care Evaluation (PCE) studies since 1976. METHODS Over 1500 hospitals with CoC-approved cancer programs were invited to participate in this prospective cohort study of U.S. thyroid carcinoma cases treated in 1996. Follow-up will be conducted through the(More)
BACKGROUND In combination with other Commission on Cancer programs, the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a national electronic registry system currently capturing > 60% of incident cancers in the U. S., offers a working example of voluntary, accurate, cost-effective "outcomes management" on a both a local and national scale. In addition, it is proving to(More)
BACKGROUND The National Cancer Database is an electronic registry system sponsored jointly by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Patients diagnosed with pancreatic adenocarcinoma from 1985 to 1995 were analyzed for trends in stage of disease, treatment patterns, and outcomes. STUDY DESIGN Seven annual(More)
BACKGROUND The last two decades have seen changes in the prevalence, histologic type, and management algorithms for patients with esophageal cancer. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the presentation, stage distribution, and treatment of patients with esophageal cancer using the National Cancer Database of the American College of Surgeons. STUDY(More)
BACKGROUND Patterns of and progress against childhood cancer have been reported on multi-institution, regional, national, and international bases by several sources in the past. These sources have included clinical cooperative group trials and population-based registries. In general, the population-based surveys have excluded brain tumors of either benign(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess case-mix characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes for laryngeal cancer using the largest series of patients to date. DESIGN Analyses performed on retrospectively collected survey data submitted by hospitals for diagnostic periods 1980 through 1985 and 1990 through 1992 (with a 9-year follow-up for the long-term group). (More)
Since 1975, the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, has published end results of major cancer sites drawn from patient data contributed voluntarily by hospital cancer registries throughout the state. The current study was undertaken, in part, to apprehend information regarding contested areas in the management of patients having differentiated(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the degree of compliance with clinical standards among hospitals for care of breast cancer patients and account for variations in compliance. DESIGN Analysis of cancer registry data submitted to the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, Chicago, for a concurrent prospective descriptive study of breast cancer, supplemented by(More)
In summary, the ability to decrease the mortality of colorectal carcinoma is increasingly within the grasp of clinicians. With accurate family and personal history, it is possible to estimate the risk of colorectal cancer and initiate FOBT and colonoscopy where appropriate. In the future, germline and even somatic genetic testing will further increase our(More)