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Developing an Australian multi-module clinical quality registry for gynaecological cancers: a protocol paper
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    Clinical quality registry for gynecological cancers: attention to staging
    • Juliana P Guimaraes, Researcher & physician Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás - Goiânia, GO, Brasil.
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      • Leonardo R Soares, Researcher & physician

    Dear editor,

    We carefully read the study protocol proposed by Heriot et al (1), regarding the development of a prospective registry of gynecological cancers in Australia. In fact, it is a heterogeneous group of pathologies, with different clinical presentations, diagnostic characteristics and therapeutic proposals (2,3). Together, this oncological complexity can restrict the daily practice of the professionals involved in this context and even impair the treatment of the women affected.

    Oncological staging consists of a process to estimate the extent of the cancer present in the body of an affected person. Despite the particularities of each tumor site, it usually involves an evaluation obtained by physical examination associated with specific complementary examinations. However, in a real-world scenario, several factors can add limitations to this staging process (4).

    Considering the staging of gynecological cancers, the interobserver variation in tumor measurement and clinical evaluation of patients stands out. In this context, if the tumor palpation varies by a few centimeters, the patient's clinical staging and prognostic classification are also altered. In addition, the disease itself can evolve throughout the diagnostic process, which can involve several months depending on the geographic region and specific socioeconomic conditions. Thus, professionals with less experience can make mistakes in defining the clinical stage and, consequently,...

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