The number of cancer cases is increasing, as does cancer survival. This is largely due to early diagnosis and improved cancer treatment. However, there are a number of unknown factors associated with cancer treatment; What characterizes the patient groups in the population that first access the new expensive cancer treatments and to what extent are the national guidelines followed? How effective are the drugs in the population and how much they increase survival in the real world? Do new cancer treatments reduce the need for other palliative treatments? These are the issues we will study by linking population-based registers in Norway.
Design and data material
In this study, we will study six of the largest cancers types. The data consists of all first-time cancer diagnoses between 2004-2018 for:
The data consists of a link between a number of registers, including the Norwegian Patient Register, the NorSe Register, Statistics Norway, HELFO and the Cancer Registry.
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