In this study, doctors from Italy estimated the proportion of patients with colon cancer who require initial care, terminal care, and follow-up.
The team analyzed data from 243,471 colon cancer cases collected by EUROPREVAL from 36 European population-based cancer registries.
They estimated the proportions of cured and fatal cases using survival models.
In addition, the number of recurrence-free cases was estimated from a representative sample of 278 colon cancer patients from the Lombardy Cancer Registry (LCR), northern Italy.
The doctors estimated that the proportion of total patients requiring initial care was 12% in the LCR, and 10% in Italy and Europe.
|Recurrence-free patients formed 91% of the total prevalence.|
|Annals of Oncology|
They determined that recurrence-free patients formed 89% of the total prevalence in the LCR and 91% in Italy and Europe.
In addition, 11% (LCR) and 9% (Italy, Europe) had recurrence and required terminal care.
Dr Gatta and colleagues concluded, "In 1992, 660,000 people were living with a diagnosis of colon cancer in Europe".
"We have estimated the proportions of this prevalence requiring particular types of health care in the years following diagnosis, providing data useful for planning the allocation of health-care resources".