Project leader: Anna Gigli
In Italy, as in most of developed countries, cancer accounts for a major proportion of national health expenditures, due to population changes in risk factor prevalence, prevention efforts and population aging. Measuring the burden of disease is of great interest to public health researchers and policy makers.
From the collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (USA), the Istituto Superiore di Sanità e the University of Tor Vergata in 2010 an international project was launched with the aim of fostering communication among researchers in the fields of statistics, epidemiology and health economics, coming from different European countries, United States and Canada. The main purpose is to compare methods and data necessary for the estimation of the present and future burden and cost of cancer.
First step has been the organization of two international workshops in September 2010 in Frascati (Rome): Combining Epidemiology & Economics for Measurement of Cancer Cost and Methods and Applications for Population Based Survival, co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the University of Roma Tor Vergata and the IRPPS.
Following steps have been achieved at international and national level. In details:
a research contract commissioned by the NCI titled “Comparing Colorectal Cancer Patterns of Care be ween Italy and USA by using Italian Registry-Linked Data and SEER Medicare Data” (US$ 30,000) – September 2011-September 2012 (further info)
a scientific article: Gigli, Warren, Yabroff, Francisci, Stedman, Guzzinati, Giusti, Miccinesi, Crocetti, Angiolini, Mariotto (2013). Initial Treatment for Newly Diagnosed Elderly Colorectal Cancer Patients: Patterns of Care in Italy and the United States, to appear on JNCI
the publication of a monograph on the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, containing a selection of paper presented in the workshop, or generated from it (included the paper named above)
the scientific cooperation with the Veneto and Tuscany Cancer Registries for a pilot study on hospital cancer costs estimation, which lead to the paper: Francisci, Guzzinati, Mezzetti, Crocetti, Giusti, Miccinesi, Paci, Angiolini, Gigli (2013). Cost profiles of colorectal cancer patients in Italy based on individual patterns of care. BMC Cancer, 13: 329.
the extension of the cooperation to the Cancer Registries of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Campania, to extent the study to other regions, more databases (outpatients and drugs), more cancer sites (breast, colon and rectum)
Last updated: 2013-20-08