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Lung cancer admission patterns during the pandemic

Data from a single-center study in Scotland suggested that there were more patients with lung cancer admitted acutely with cancer, non-COVID-19-related illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Early and late lockdown were characterized by a reduction in self-presentation and longer resulting admission suggesting that patients were admitted with more complex pathology and consequently had longer admission,” […]

SCRIS: An update on the Scottish Cancer Registration and Intelligence Service

Public Health Scotland webinar, SCRIS: How data is helping support improved cancer care services in Scotland’, took place on the 18 January 2021 and featured presentations from speakers involved in the implementation, delivery and use of the SCRIS project. Full details on the PHS website. Watch the presentations again: Professor Aileen Keel CBE – SCRIS: […]

The Edinburgh DataLoch is making health data available for research

DataLoch is a repository of linked health and social care administrative data sets from Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland. Edinburgh Cancer Informatics is working closely with the DataLoch team to make cancer data accross the region available for research. Read a good summary the DataLoch on the eCRUSADers blog https://ecrusad.co.uk/2020/12/03/dataloch/#q1

Healthcare cost trajectories during the last year of life

A national population administrative secondary care data linkage study People who are nearing the end of life are high users of hospital services. The absolute cost to providers and its value  is uncertain. There is a need to identify which groups of people spend a lot of time in hospital so that care can be […]

Evidence Update – Covid-19 in patients with Thoracic Malignancies

Speciality Trainee in Medical Oncology Dr Ashley Pheely gives an update on some recent evidence about Covid-19 in patients with cancer TERAVOLT STUDY- COVID-19 in patients with thoracic malignancies (TERAVOLT): first results of an international, registry-based, cohort study M Garassino et al Background: initial data released in March 2020 from Wuhan, China suggested that patients with […]

NHS PREDICT – R Package

PhD student in Health Economics and Cancer Data Science Giovanni Tramonti has produced an implementation of the NHS Predict decision tool for batch processing. Available on the R CRAN. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/nhs.predict/index.html

Evidence Update – Covid-19 and Cancer

Speciality Trainee in Medical Oncology Dr Sam Kestenbaum gives an update on some recent evidence about Covid-19 in patients with cancer Clinical impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer (CCC19): a cohort study Kuderer NM, Choueiri TK, Shah DP et al. 28/06/20, The Lancet Background: Due to the high prevalence of cancer and the high transmissibility of […]

Evidence Update – Covid-19 in Healthcare Workers

Speciality Trainee in Clinical Oncology Dr Karen Mactier gives an update on some recent evidence. Evidence of past COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers (HCWs) is becoming a focus of medical and political interest. Here is a summary of the first, medium-size study in the NHS workforce with comments on  similar Spanish and German studies. Shields […]

Evidence Update – Covid-19 and Cancer

Specialist registrar in Clinical Oncology Dr Stuart Walter reviews two recent papers 1. Risk factors for SARS-Cov-2 among patients in the Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre primary care network: a cross sectional study. de Lusignan et al. Lancet Infect Dis May 2020      A nice cross sectional study of 3802 tested […]

Evidence update – COVID-19 outcomes in cancer patients

Specialty Trainee in Clinical Oncology Dr Ruth Fullerton gives an update on some recent evidence. For people living with cancer and the clinicians looking after them there remain a lot of uncertainties about the affect of covid-19. There has been particular concern that the anti-cancer treatments we use may put people at increased risk of […]

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