The Northern Territory Cancer Register is a register of all NT residents diagnosed with cancer, which is maintained by the Northern Territory Cancer Registry, a population based cancer registry administered by the NT Department of Health. The Northern Territory Cancer Registry collects a minimum dataset for each newly diagnosed case of reportable cancer, and updates the case record with further cancer-related information, as required, for the rest of the person’s life.
The functions of the NT Cancer Registry are to provide reliable cancer statistics to inform cancer control programs in the areas of prevention, screening, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care, and to assist in monitoring and evaluating the impact of these programs, by:
- collecting accurate and complete data on cancer occurrences and deaths in the NT population;
- publishing statistics on cancer incidence, mortality and survival for the NT population;
- contributing NT cancer data for national and international cancer statistics; and
- providing cancer data for cancer research (after approval by an ethics committee and the NT Chief Health Officer).