National Cancer Intelligence Network


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National Cancer Intelligence Network

A UK-wide initiative to improve standards of cancer care and clinical outcomes by improving the information collected about cancer patients for analysis, publication and research. The NCIN works closely with cancer services in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and in England, where it is part of the National Cancer Programme.

Goals, National Cancer Intelligence Network
• Promote efficient and effective data collection throughout the cancer journey;
• Provide a common national repository for cancer data sets;
• Produce expert analyses;
• Monitor patterns of cancer care;
• Exploit information to drive improvements in cancer care and clinical outcomes;
• Enable use of cancer information to support audit and research programmes.
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The data comes from a UK research programme between Macmillan and Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), with the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) at Public Health Wales.
Chris Carrigan, head of the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), added: "Collecting and evaluating data on how quickly cancer patients are sent for referral by their GP is crucial to equip us with the knowledge to improve early detection of the disease."
NINETY per cent of breast cancer patients aged 30-50 are offered surgery compared with 70 per cent of those in their 70s, says the National Cancer Intelligence Network.
Research by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) found that 23 per cent of cancer cases were detected only as patients underwent emergency treatment.
A new study from the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) shows that liver resection - removing the cancerous part of the liver and a small part of healthy tissue around it - can boost this five-year survival to 46%.
"For many of the types of cancer we looked at that affect both sexes, there's no known biological reason why men should be at a greater risk than women, so we were surprised to see such consistent differences," the BBC quoted Professor David Forman, information lead for the National Cancer Intelligence Network, which helped carry out the research, as saying.
Professor David Forman, of the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), said too many Scots risk their health by lighting up.
But the number of youngsters who use the machines has reduced since the law came into force - from 6.8 per cent in 2008/9 to 4.5 per cent now, according to research which will be presented at Public Health England's (PHE) annual National Cancer Intelligence Network conference in Birmingham.
The study, conducted by researchers from Bangor, Cambridge and Durham universities and the National Cancer Intelligence Network, examined the number of days between when a patient first noticed a symptom to when they sought medical help.
Research by the charity and National Cancer Intelligence Network found that more than 130,000 pensioners diagnosed with cancer have survived for at least a decade.
Data from the National Cancer Intelligence Network has shown a more than threefold difference in the rate of urgent GP referrals to hospital for patients with suspected cancer, from under 830 to more than 2,550 in every 100,000 patients a year.

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