Cancer in adolescents and young adults: treatment and outcome in Victoria

Mitchell, Anne E., Scarcella, Deborah L., Rigutto, Gemma L., Thursfield, Vicky J., Giles, Graham G., Sexton, Maree and Ashley, David M. 2004, Cancer in adolescents and young adults: treatment and outcome in Victoria, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 180, no. 2, pp. 59-62.

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Title Cancer in adolescents and young adults: treatment and outcome in Victoria
Author(s) Mitchell, Anne E.
Scarcella, Deborah L.
Rigutto, Gemma L.
Thursfield, Vicky J.
Giles, Graham G.
Sexton, Maree
Ashley, David M.
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 180
Issue number 2
Start page 59
End page 62
Total pages 4
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2004-01-19
ISSN 0025-729X
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Age Distribution
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Retrospective Studies
Survival Analysis
Summary OBJECTIVES: To describe the location of treatment, recruitment to clinical trials and outcomes for adolescents and young adults treated for cancer in Victoria. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective review of all adolescents and young adults aged 10-24 years diagnosed with cancer between 1992 and 1996, identified from the Victorian Cancer Registry. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Treatment regimen (clinical trial, treatment protocol or neither), compliance with treatment and 5-year survival. RESULTS: Questionnaires were completed for 576 of 665 eligible adolescents and young adults (87% response rate). Recruitment into clinical trials decreased with increasing age. Adolescents aged 10-19 years were more likely to be recruited to a clinical trial if treated at a paediatric hospital. For all cancers, 5-year survival was similar across the age groups and was not influenced by the place of treatment. Only 1% of adolescents and young adults failed to complete planned therapy due to non-compliance. CONCLUSIONS: Despite a similar incidence of cancer to that in younger children, adolescents and young adults with cancer are poorly recruited into clinical trials in Victoria. Establishment of a cancer resource network in Victoria may provide information to both paediatric and adult oncologists about currently available clinical trials.
Language eng
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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