RACE
to Karolinska Institutet

Aalborg Hospital

The Department of Oncology, Aalborg Hospital, which is a part of Aarhus University, will co-ordinate the Danish study. The data will derive from the Danish Breast Cancer Co-operative Group (DBCG), which was established in 1976 with the aim of standardizing and evaluating the treatment of primary operable breast cancer on a nationwide basis. To achieve this, the DBCG publishes national uniform guidelines and has since 1977 conducted four treatment programs (1977, 1982, 1989, and now 1999). These programs have included detailed descriptions of procedures, treatments, current trials, and case report forms. The organizational structure of the DBCG consists of a Council, an Executive Committee, County Committees, Scientific Committees, and a secretariat. The latter is located at the National Hospital (Rigshospitalet) in Copenhagen and is responsible for the centralized data collection and processing, and the contact with the various hospital departments and the DBCG committees. The secretariat functions as a national database in international studies, typically including randomisation, allocation of medicine, and as a contact between data centres. The staff includes 4 statisticians and 5 data secretaries.

Project staff

Professor Marianne Ewertz is a clinical oncologist with more than 20 years of experience in epidemiology and treatment of breast cancer. She works as a Consultant in the Department of Oncology at Aalborg Hospital with responsibility for the treatment of breast cancer in the county of Northern Jutland. She holds a position as Professor of Oncology at Aarhus University and is responsible for the teaching of medical students in her Department. She is chairman of the DBCG County Committee for Northern Jutland, a member of the Executive Committee of the DBCG, and of the Scientific Committees on Tumour Biology, Medical Treatment, and Radiotherapy. In the latter capacity, she has performed an analysis of the quality of radiotherapy for breast cancer in Denmark and Flensburg, Germany, involving inspection rounds at all 6 Danish radiotherapy units. She is thus very well acquainted with the techniques of breast irradiation used in Denmark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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