Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Lack of active follow-up of cancer patients in Chennai, India: implications for population-based survival estimates

Rajaraman Swaminathan, Ranganathan Rama, Viswanathan Shanta

Volume 86, Number 7, July 2008, 509-515

Table 3. Distribution of incident cancer cases lost to follow-up, among those registered in 1990–1999 and followed through 2001, PBCR, Chennai, India

Tumour site/type Losses to follow-up by years from diagnosis (%)
< 1 1–3 3–5 > 5
Lip 7.0 2.3 0.0 25.6
Tongue 13.1 2.6 1.2 7.5
Oral cavity 10.3 2.2 1.8 12.2
Tonsil 4.8 0.8 0.0 12.4
Hypopharynx 9.0 0.6 0.0 2.3
Oesophagus 6.7 0.9 0.4 1.8
Stomach 7.3 0.9 0.9 1.5
Pancreas 3.1 0.3 0.3 0.6
Larynx 6.7 0.8 0.3 9.4
Lung 8.0 0.7 0.3 1.4
Breast 12.4 2.9 2.0 6.0
Cervix 11.0 3.7 2.5 20.8
Ovary 14.7 4.6 1.4 1.9
Urinary bladder 10.9 1.6 0.2 4.3
Hodgkin lymphoma 6.4 1.7 1.0 8.7
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 10.9 1.3 0.6 2.9
Lymphoid leukaemia 2.8 3.2 3.5 4.6
Myeloid leukaemia 8.6 1.3 0.4 3.7
Leukaemia, type unspecified 10.5 0.0 0.0 2.4

PBCR, population-based cancer registry.

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