National Cancer Database: The Past, Present, and Future of the Cancer Registry and Its Efforts to Improve the Quality of Cancer Care

(The highlights appear in standard text as bulleted lists while my comments appear as block quotes). Page 1 In those early days, hospital registrars would source paper charts to abstract tumor cases into hospital registries. During the annual Call for Data, years of completed cases were submitted to the NCDB via mailing floppy disks. This … Continue reading National Cancer Database: The Past, Present, and Future of the Cancer Registry and Its Efforts to Improve the Quality of Cancer Care

Big Data in Radiation Oncology

Introduction Highlight [306]: “big data” often refers to extensive records on a large number of patients, consisting of either structured or unstructured clinical information that can include patient characteristics, diagnostic and treatment history, genomic and molecular data, and sometimes billing history. Highlight [306]: Since big datasets usually contain real-world information, their use could bridge gaps … Continue reading Big Data in Radiation Oncology