World’s best practice
The cure rate for breast cancer survival in Australia is amongst the best in the world, and this can only be maintained by constant review.
The best system of monitoring success is by ultising cancer registries. Presently all of these registries and their data are not networked. Data is is already housed in a variety of registries these include cancer registeries and mortality registries. Breast Cancer recurrance data is held in a surgical audit. The Foundation for Breast Cancer Care wishes to ensure all these registries and databses are are linked to provide the best outcomes for patients.
Registries exist throughout Australia tracking trends in breast cancer incidence, breast cancer mortality, and death due to other causes. The only registry in Australia and New Zealand that tracks mastectomy rates and recurrence rate is the BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit (BQA) managed by the Breast Surgeons of Australi and New Zealand.
All of these data need to be linked to the individual, so that we can see that what the patient is being offered is effective, and what is being provided is efficient.
To link the relevant cancer and mortality registries in each state to the BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit to ensure effective treatment is being offered to all patients.
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