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Nuoro Cancer Registry

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Via Trieste 80
Dr. Mario Usala


Registration area

The Nuoro Cancer Registry covers the province of Nuoro in the central-eastern part of the autonomous region of Sardinia in Italy. Due to administrative changes, the provincial population has been reduced from 263 000 to 220 000 since 2006. The province’s economy is based on farming, trade, the construction industry, and tourism.

Cancer care facilities

Cancer care is provided by five hospitals (including the Hospital of Nuoro), with about 500 beds. All the main surgical and medical specialities are available, including haematology-oncology and radiotherapy services. Many clinics are located throughout the districts of the province. Cancer service providers are part of the regional cancer network.

Registry structure and methods

The registry is funded by the local health authority (ASL Nuoro) and also has a partnership with the local health authority of Lanusei. The staff consists of six physicians and a health care technician. The registry has collected all cancer cases in the province since 2003, although the relatively high number of cancer patients hospitalized outside the province creates many problems with case finding. The registry has full access to all records of patients residing in the province and to hospitals’ pathology reports. It also receives records from the local mortality registry. Each registry case file is enriched with data required for complete definition. All data are stored digitally in compliance with Italian privacy law. Completeness and accuracy are evaluated, and duplicate and quality control checks are run periodically.

Interpreting the results

Liver cancer is relatively common in the registration area, which may be due to the prevalence of infection with hepatitis B and C viruses and the heavy alcohol consumption in the province.

Use of the data

The registry is part of the Italian network of cancer registries (AIRTUM) and submits data to the Italian Cancer Registries database. It also publishes periodic reports on incidence, mortality, and survival, and participates in clinical and analytical epidemiological studies.


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