Table 2

Diagnostic and treatment procedures recorded in the NSW Colorectal Cancer Care Survey and the APDC (n=2917)
Colorectal cancer survey APDC Sensitivitya Specificitya
n % n % % %
Diagnostic investigations 2817 97 2592 89 89 23
Bowel visualisation 2612 90 2425 83 87 52
 Colonoscopy 2314 79 2396 82 91 53
 Otherb 768 26 142 5 9 97
Imaging for distant metastases 2125 73 792 27 28 74
 Abdomino-pelvic CT scan 1501 51 708 24 28 80
 Any abdomino-pelvic scan 1624 56 748 26 29 79
 Any chest scan 1519 52 176 6 5 93
 Bone scan 20 1 44 2 10 99
Resection of primary cancer 2764 95 2654 91 96 92
 Colon resection 1393 48 1453 50 94 90
 Rectal resection 1401 48 1240 43 85 96
 Total proctocolectomy 16 1 45 2 63 99
Other surgical resections
 Liver resection 17 1 97 3 65 97
 Oophorectomy 71 2 76 3 65 99
Other treatment
Chemotherapy 1027 35 472 16 40 97
Radiotherapy for rectal cancerc 312 25 66 5 15 98

APDC: Admitted Patient Data Collection.

a Sensitivity and specificity of the APDC compared with the colorectal cancer survey.

b Includes barium enema, sigmoidoscopy and endorectal ultrasound.

c 1226 rectal cancer cases.

Goldsbury et al.

Goldsbury et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:387   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-387

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