From October 2022, the work of the NABCOP has been expanded on by two new national audits of primary breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer in women and men of all ages.

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NABCOP 2018 Public and Patients Annual Report

This report is a summary version of the 2018 findings from the work conducted by the National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP). We wrote this for women with breast cancer and the general public.

This audit was a collaboration between the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). It was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.

This report contains information on women aged 50 years and over, diagnosed with breast cancer between 2014 and 2016. It 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 report looks at what we know about women diagnosed with breast cancer in England and Wales. In particular:

  1. how their breast cancer was diagnosed;
  2. if women were seen by a breast clinical nurse specialist;
  3. the time from breast cancer being diagnosed to having surgery or starting chemotherapy;
  4. the type of surgery women with breast cancer have;
  5. how long women who have surgery for their breast cancer stay in hospital after this surgery;
  6. which women have radiotherapy after breast surgery; and
  7. which women have chemotherapy. 

If you have any queries about the audit, please contact us.

The full version of the 2018 Annual Report was published on the 18 June 2018.

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Published 12 October 2018