1376P - Next generation cancer registry; opportunities of web 3.0 and physician perspective

Date 30 September 2012
Event ESMO Congress 2012
Session Poster presentation II
Topics Cancer Aetiology, Epidemiology, Prevention
Presenter Ahmad Alfaar
Authors A.S. Alfaar, M. Kamal, M. Sabry
  • Research Department, Children's Cancer Hospital 57357 - Egypt, 11441 - Cairo/EG



Cancer registry is a systematic data collection about cancer incidents. They are either population based or hospital based (also known as center based) cancer registries. Population-based cancer registries can help in building hypotheses about cancer shared risk factors in contrast with hospital-based registries which focus more on improving quality of therapy. Standardizing documentation and communication methods fosters collaboration between different regional institutes for building a national cancer registry. In our study we aim at demonstrating how recent Web 3.0 technologies can help cancer registries.

Material and methods

We started by studying the available information technology resources by qualified researchers who work on analyzing clinical research needs. We've developed a system analysis after studying paper and computer-based cancer registries.

Starting from this set of recommendations we started to match needs and available technologies. Development took place in adherence to international standards of medical documentation and communication. Implementation and Evaluation phases were conducted with assistance of other clinical researchers, research nurses and cancer registrars.


The analysis phase stated that cancer registries can be improved using interoperability, semantic and visual data entry, client & server side-validation, real-time analysis, rich presentation, tagging, social integration, data mining and artificial intelligence technologies that are offered by current Internet era. .

Delivery for mobile phones with intelligent validation and interpretation facilitated the portability of the system. Integration with knowledge bases added a decision support property to cancer registry with providing real-time reports and diagrams plotted over demographic maps. Usability was enhanced by providing user-friendly interfaces.


Cancer registries have potential stunning future by gaining benefit from the recent web technologies. Research on improving cancer information systems should go hand in hand with continuous internet revolution.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.