Oesophago-gastric cancer report 2022 (NOGCA)

Reports | Published: 12 Jan 2023

This report from the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit (NOGCA) focuses on the care received by patients diagnosed with invasive epithelial cancer of the oesophagus, gastro-oesophageal junction (GOJ) or stomach, or high-grade dysplasia (HGD) of the oesophagus between April 2019 and March 2021. For outcomes of curative surgery among people with OG cancer, data are reported for a three year period (April 2018 to March 2021).

The report contains a number of findings related to: Patterns of care at diagnosis; staging and treatment planning; waiting times along the care pathway; curative surgery; and non-curative treatments. It also includes findings relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • In April 2020, the number of patients diagnosed with OG cancer was 43.6% of the 2019/20 monthly average, falling from 837 to 365 cases per month
  • The numbers diagnosed soon returned to normal levels, and in the period from June 2020 to March 2021, the number of monthly cases was 97.8% of 2019/20 levels, and
  • The percentage of patients diagnosed with stage 4 disease (advanced cancer) increased from 41.6% in 2019/20 to 44.9% in 2020/21.

In addition, this report contains recommendations for healthcare professionals, among which is a call to review patients diagnosed after emergency admission and undertake root cause analysis to identify opportunities to reduce rates of emergency diagnosis.

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Oesophago-gastric cancer report 2022 (NOGCA)