Rising cancer costs and changes in cancer management require accurate forward planning of cancer treatment costs and health service utilisation. Up to date patient projections by cancer type are critical to inform decision making. The Cancer-Patient Population Projections (Cancer-PPP) project will determine the projected number of patients of cancers of the colorectum, breast, lung, multiple myeloma, melanoma and pan-tumour biomarker related cancers over the next five years, by developing or refining the Daffodil Centre’s world renowned, extensively published and validated predictive platform, Policy1. This work will play a vital role in informing future health technology assessments.
The Cancer Patient Population Projections Dashboards are under development as data visualisation tools for exploring patient population projections for a range of cancer types in Australia. The first release is projections focused on colorectal cancer, with incidence, mortality and prevalence estimates, as well as treatment and costs estimates, provided to the year 2040. Future dashboards will provide data for a range of cancer types, including cancer of the breast and lung, as well as melanoma, multiple myeloma, and cancers related to selected pan-tumour biomarkers.