This report describes the characteristics of patients in Northern Ireland with bladder cancer and their care pathway in 2010 and 2011. It was requested by the clinicians, who treat bladder cancer, and who were concerned about the reported poor survival in EUROCARE-41 of women with bladder cancer in Northern Ireland when compared internationally.
It has the following aims:
To detail the care pathway of bladder cancer patients in N. Ireland and assess compliance with recommended guidelines for investigation and treatment.
To explore reasons for differences in bladder cancer survival in women compared to men.
To serve as a benchmark for further audits.
To make recommendations for service improvement if necessary.