Using and understanding cancer data

The RCR’s Clinical Oncology Information and IT Resources Lead, Dr Matt Williams, has written An Introduction to Cancer Data for Oncologists.

This document is a brief guide to patient – level cancer data in the UK including:

  • What data are collected and how – including Radiotherapy Dataset (RTDS) and Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT)
  • How to get access to national data
  • How to use the data constructively

The focus is on those interested from a clinical perspective rather than a research perspective. For those interested in population level data, Cancer Research UK produces very comprehensive briefings.

This document is a simple introduction to cancer data. If you have more questions, or need to obtain local data, Dr Williams recommends you talk to your local NCRS data liaison officer or your employing organisation's IT department.