Prostate cancer
is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australian males. It is more common in older men, with more than half of all men diagnosed aged over 70 years.

 

The number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer is growing, likely because more men are getting screened, therefore detected at an early stage, and due to improved survivorship and decline in mortality.

 

The main aim of the PCR is to monitor the patterns of care and outcomes of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in contributing Victorian public and private hospitals. 

 

The PCR:

  •  Provides population-based information on patterns of care
  •  Assesses variation in health-related quality of life
  •  Assesses survival

 

Clinical registries are valued tools for quality improvement:

  •  Provide doctors and teams with information about how their outcomes benchmark with standards and other clinical outcomes.
  •   Identify variation in patterns and processes of care, outcomes, and factors that influence adverse outcomes.
  •  Provide a valuable tool to track how innovations in science translate into longer term outcomes in the ‘real world’.