This thesis reports numerous real-world aspects of colorectal cancer survival in the Netherlands. The population-based studies in this thesis are based on data from the nationwide Netherlands Cancer Registry (NCR), managed by the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation. Colorectal cancer survival has improved in the Netherlands in the past 25 years, due to advancements in diagnostics and treatment. It is shown that when elderly patients survived the first year after surgery, survival was comparable to younger patients. It is also shown that the presence of synchronous colorectal cancers is associated with a decrease in survival. We also demonstrate the effect of variation in demographic determinants (hospital volume and timing to adjuvant chemotherapy) on colorectal cancer survival.

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V.E.P.P. Lemmens (Valery) , P.C. Huijgens (Peter) , F.N. van Erning (Felice)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Public Health

Bos, A.C.R.K. (2018, May 16). Real-world Aspects of Colorectal Cancer Survival in the Netherlands. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from