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Functions and Structure of MCR

The Munich Cancer Registry (MCR) is a conjoint facility of the medical faculties of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and is administrated by the Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE) in Munich. The MCR is one of six clinical cancer registries in Bavaria.
                                                           
The cancer registration in Munich started cooperating initially with a few medical departments of the LMU in 1978, and continued later with TUM institutes. The registration was constantly extended in order to accomplish an exhaustive population-based documentation of cancer diseases by cooperating with all comprehensive health care providers in the region. At present, the MCR collaborates with almost all cancer units in Upper Bavaria including Landshut county covering a population of 4.69 million inhabitants.

The core mission of MCR can be described as follows:

  • Consistent compilation of individual disease courses provided by records of involved medical experts.
  • Incorporation of life-status informations by MCR in order to calculate long-term statistics.
  • Making sophisticated statistical results accessible to cooperating clinics and physicians.
  • Comparison of long-term results between clinical units and with literature.
  • Building up transparency of disease characteristics by quantifying incidence, mortality and outcome of patient care in the entire registration area of MCR.
  • Validation of early diagnosis and screening procedures.
  • Support of patient care by providing clinical data for policy discussions regarding diagnosis, therapy and aftercare.
  • Support of clinics and physicians being involved in patient care in promoting multi-disciplinary networking.