Survival in adult Italian cancer patients, 1978-1989

Arduino Verdecchia, Riccardo Capocaccia, Roberta De Angelis, Fulvia Valente, Egidio Chessa, Milena Sant, Gemma Gatta, Andrea Micheli, Franco Berrino, Roberto Zanetti, Stefano Rosso, Corrado Magnani, Benedetto Terracini, Marina Vercelli, Claudia Casella, Stefano Parodi, Vincenzo De Lisi, Lidia Serventi, Alessandro Barchielli, Eva BuiattiDaniela Balzi, Emanuele Crocetti, Fabio Falcini, Oriana Nanni, Maurizio Ponz De Leon, Luca Roncucci, Massimo Federico, Lucia Mangone, Ettore Conti, Valerio Ramazzotti, Lorenzo Gafà, Maria La Rosa

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Aims: To present a systematic analysis of population-based cancer patient survival in Italy. Methods: Population-based survival data have been made available from 10 Italian cancer registries within the ITACARE project. Data, collected and validated using a common protocol, included over 100,000 patients with cancer diagnosed between 1978 and 1989. Multivariate weighted analysis was used to provide relative survival estimates attributable to Italy at national level. Results: Results are presented, according to a systematic frame, as the main object of the ITACARE study, involving crude and relative survival figures for adult Italian cancer patients, by age, sex, period of diagnosis and registry area. An estimate with reference to Italy as a whole is also presented by cancer site and for all malignant neoplasms combined. Age-standardized relative survival figures are presented to allow comparisons between Italian registries and also to give a basis for international comparisons with countries involved in the EUROCARE study. Conclusions: For the first time, population-based survival of cancer patients is made available in Italy on a large scale analysis of data from all the Italian cancer registries in a combined action. Estimates of cancer patient survival at a national level in Italy allow proper international comparisons with European countries and give elements of evaluation and discussion on the performance of the Italian health care system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-425
Number of pages387
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997


  • cancer
  • population-based CR
  • relative survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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