A comparison of systemic breast cancer therapy utilization in Canada (British Columbia), Scotland (Dundee) and Australia (Western Australia) with models of "optimal" therapy

Andrew Fong, Jesmin Shafiq, Christobel Saunders, Alastair Thompson, Scott Tyldesley, Ivo A. Olivotto, Michael B. Barton, John A. Dewar, Susannah Jacob, Weng Ng, Caroline Speers, Geoff P. Delaney

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    Abstract

    Background: Different jurisdictions report different breast cancer treatment rates. Evidence-based optimal utilization models may be specific to the derived population. We compared predicted optimal with actual endocrine and chemotherapy utilization in British Columbia, Canada; Dundee, Scotland; and Perth, Western Australia. Design: Data were analyzed for differences in demography, tumour, and treatment. Epidemiological data were fitted to published Australian optimal radiotherapy utilization trees and region-specific optimal treatment rates were calculated. Optimal and actual systemic therapy rates from 2 population-based and 1 institution-based cancer registries were compared for patients diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000-2004, and 2002 for British Columbia. Results: Chemotherapy rates differed between British Columbia (32%), Perth (29%), and Dundee (24%, p = 0.014). Endocrine therapy rates were similar between British Columbia (56%), Perth (59%), and Dundee (64%, p > 0.05). Actual utilization rates were lower than optimal estimates for chemotherapy, but higher for endocrine therapy. Region-specific optimal utilization rates at diagnosis varied between 50-56% for chemotherapy, and 49-54% for endocrine therapy. Variation was attributed to local differences in demographics, and tumour stage. Conclusion: Actual treatment rates varied. There was lower than estimated optimal chemotherapy use but higher than expected use of endocrine therapy. Crown
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBreast
    Early online date30 Jan 2012
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    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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