A Scottish national mortality study assessing cause of death, quality of and variation in management of patients with testicular non-seminomatous germ-cell tumours. The Scottish Radiological Society and the Scottish Standing Committee of the Royal College of Radiologists

Br J Cancer. 1995 Nov;72(5):1307-11. doi: 10.1038/bjc.1995.506.


A detailed casenote review was performed on 55 patients registered with testicular non-seminomatous germ cell tumours (NSGCT) between 1983 and 1988 under the Scottish Cancer Registration Scheme and who had died by 1992. Details of all aspects of clinical management relating to their NSGCT and death details were extracted and summarised. An assessment was made on whether the patients' management had been optimal. An analysis of 5 year survival rates by the five Scottish oncology centres demonstrated significant differences between centres (range 70.4-94.2; chi 2 = 14.46, d.f. = 4, P = 0.006). Some patients in all centres were assessed as having received suboptimal treatment, but two centres performed less well than the other three. There is a suggestion that the number of patients treated suboptimally decreases with increasing number of patients seen, but this does not reach statistical significance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cancer Care Facilities
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Cause of Death
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Germinoma / mortality*
  • Germinoma / therapy
  • Humans
  • Life Tables
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Peer Review
  • Prognosis
  • Registries
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Survival Analysis
  • Testicular Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Testicular Neoplasms / therapy