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Factors influencing the use of antitumoral chemotherapy in the South East of England

Patel, N., Ing, L., Jack, R. and Moller, H. (2006) Factors influencing the use of antitumoral chemotherapy in the South East of England. Journal of chemotherapy (Florence, Italy), 18 (3). pp. 318-324. ISSN 1973-9478

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Abstract/Summary

Influences on the use of chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer within the South East region of England for patients diagnosed with colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancer were investigated. The variables investigated as possibly influencing the selection of chemotherapy were the sex of the patients, their age, the year of diagnosis, the cancer site, the cancer stage, the index of multiple deprivation (IMD) and the cancer network of residence. Logistic regression used to adjust the proportion receiving chemotherapy in relation to other variables considered showed significant differences in the proportion of patients receiving chemotherapy between different cancer sites and different networks. There was also a highly significant trend seen in use of chemotherapy over time; the adjusted proportion of patients receiving chemotherapy increasing from 10.6% in 1993 to 24.3% in 2002. Age, stage and cancer site seemed to have the most influence on the use of chemotherapy.

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