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The Establishment of an Intracranial Tumour Registry at the University Hospital of the West Indies



In March 2010, the first Intracranial Tumour Registry (ITR) in the English-speaking Caribbean was started at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). This was deemed necessary as the already established Jamaica Cancer Registry only reports on malignant brain tumours. The ITR will collect data on all prospective intracranial tumours, benign and malignant, which are diagnosed histologically at the UHWI. Retrospective information dating back five years was also collected. Data collected so far reveal that between the years 2006 to 2010, a total of 317 cases were entered into the database. Of these, only 45 cases were considered eligible. The issues surrounding this discrepancy are discussed in this paper along with the many challenges experienced in the establishment of the ITR. From these experiences, the authors have also put forward several recommendations that may be useful to other researchers who wish to implement similar systems.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013
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