Following guidance from members of the Clinical Steering Group (CSG) of the NABCOP, if an NHS organisation diagnoses fewer than 30 breast cancer patients a year, or diagnosed fewer than 30 breast cancer patients in the most recent year of cancer registry data the report looks at, this NHS organisation would not be included in the annual report tables and figures. The threshold for inclusion in an annual report was agreed at the October 2017 CSG meeting, and re-confirmed at the November 2018 CSG meeting.
In addition, NHS organisations that mainly provide oncological treatment for breast cancer patients as tertiary centres were not included as a named organisation within the NABCOP report. Any patients allocated to this type of NHS organisation in England, within the data provided by NCRAS, would be reallocated to the NHS organisation where the patient was diagnosed, as determined by the location of the Multi Disciplinary Team meeting or surgery.
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