National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients: Annual report for public and patients September 2018

Reports | Published: 12 Oct 2018

The National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP) was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to find out about the quality of care provided to women aged 70 years and older by breast cancer services in England and Wales.

The audit was set up to look at whether or not older women with breast cancer have different outcomes than younger women, and if there are differences between breast cancer teams in the patterns of care delivered to older women. To do this, the audit looks at what care and treatment women receive once they have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and then compares:

1. women aged 70 years and older with women aged between 50 and 69 years; and
2. different English and Welsh breast cancer teams with each other.

This year, the audit has produced information on women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2016. The audit has used information from the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) and the Wales Cancer Network (WCN) to report on:

• how the breast cancer was diagnosed;

• how planned treatments take into account the stage of the cancer (its size and how far it has spread) and the woman’s overall health;

• the type of treatments given to women; and

• how these patterns of care differ between women in the younger and older age groups and between types of breast cancer.

The report is written for people with breast cancer as well as the public. It is a summary of the results from the NABCOP 2018 Annual Report.

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The full and original version of 2018 Annual Report is available here. 

Patient & Public Engagement case study: National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients’ (NABCOP) case study of their commended entry from the 2022 Richard Driscoll Memorial Award (RDMA) can be read in full here.

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National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients: Annual report for public and patients September 2018