Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 95, Issue 3, pp 401–411

The Austrian Brain Tumour Registry: a cooperative way to establish a population-based brain tumour registry

  • Adelheid Wöhrer
  • Thomas Waldhör
  • Harald Heinzl
  • Monika Hackl
  • Johann Feichtinger
  • Ulrike Gruber-Mösenbacher
  • Andreas Kiefer
  • Hans Maier
  • Reinhard Motz
  • Angelika Reiner-Concin
  • Bernd Richling
  • Carmen Idriceanu
  • Michael Scarpatetti
  • Roland Sedivy
  • Hans-Christian Bankl
  • Wolfgang Stiglbauer
  • Matthias Preusser
  • Karl Rössler
  • Johannes Andreas Hainfellner
Clinical Study - Patient Study

DOI: 10.1007/s11060-009-9938-9

Cite this article as:
Wöhrer, A., Waldhör, T., Heinzl, H. et al. J Neurooncol (2009) 95: 401. doi:10.1007/s11060-009-9938-9

Abstract

In Austria, registration of malignant brain tumours is legally mandatory, whereas benign and borderline tumours are not reported. The Austrian Brain Tumour Registry (ABTR) was initiated under the auspices of the Austrian Society of Neuropathology for the registration of malignant and non-malignant brain tumours. All Austrian neuropathology units involved in brain tumour diagnostics contribute data on primary brain tumours. Non-microscopically verified cases are added by the Austrian National Cancer Registry to ensure a population-based dataset. In 2005, we registered a total of 1,688 newly diagnosed primary brain tumours in a population of 8.2 million inhabitants with an overall age-adjusted incidence rate of 18.1/100,000 person-years. Non-malignant cases constituted 866 cases (51.3%). The incidence rate was higher in females (18.6/100,000) as compared to males (17.8/100,000), while 95/1,688 (5.6%) cases were diagnosed in children (<18 years). The most common histology was meningioma (n = 504, 29.9%) followed by glioblastoma (n = 340, 20.1%) and pituitary adenoma (n = 151, 8.9%). Comparison with the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) database showed high congruency of findings. The ABTR model led by neuropathologists in collaboration with epidemiologists and the Austrian National Cancer Registry presents a cooperative way to establish a population-based brain tumour registry with high quality data. This setting links cancer registration to the mission of medical practice and research as defined by the World Medical Association in the Declaration of Helsinki. The continued operation of ABTR will aid in monitoring changes in incidence and in identifying regional disease clusters or geographic variations in brain tumour morbidity/mortality.

Keywords

Brain neoplasm Cancer registry Epidemiology Incidence Survival 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adelheid Wöhrer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas Waldhör
    • 3
  • Harald Heinzl
    • 4
  • Monika Hackl
    • 5
  • Johann Feichtinger
    • 6
  • Ulrike Gruber-Mösenbacher
    • 7
  • Andreas Kiefer
    • 8
  • Hans Maier
    • 9
  • Reinhard Motz
    • 10
  • Angelika Reiner-Concin
    • 11
  • Bernd Richling
    • 12
  • Carmen Idriceanu
    • 13
  • Michael Scarpatetti
    • 14
  • Roland Sedivy
    • 15
  • Hans-Christian Bankl
    • 15
  • Wolfgang Stiglbauer
    • 16
  • Matthias Preusser
    • 17
  • Karl Rössler
    • 18
  • Johannes Andreas Hainfellner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of NeurologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Austrian Society of Neuropathology, AustriaAustria
  3. 3.Center of Public Health, Department of EpidemiologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  4. 4.Core Unit for Medical Statistics and Informatics, Section of Clinical BiometricsMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  5. 5.Austrian National Cancer RegistryStatistics AustriaViennaAustria
  6. 6.Department of PathologyKrankenanstalt RudolfstiftungViennaAustria
  7. 7.Department of PathologyFeldkirch State HospitalFeldkirchAustria
  8. 8.Institute of PathologyState Hospital KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria
  9. 9.Department of PathologyMedical University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  10. 10.Department of Pathology and NeuropathologyState Neuropsychiatric Hospital Wagner-JaureggLinzAustria
  11. 11.Institute of PathologyDanube HospitalViennaAustria
  12. 12.Department of Neurosurgery, Christian Doppler ClinicParacelsus Private Medical UniversitySalzburgAustria
  13. 13.Department of Neurology, Christian Doppler ClinicParacelsus Private Medical UniversitySalzburgAustria
  14. 14.Institute of PathologyMedical University of GrazGrazAustria
  15. 15.Department of Clinical PathologyGeneral Hospital St. PöltenSt. PöltenAustria
  16. 16.Institute of PathologyGeneral Hospital Wiener NeustadtWiener NeustadtAustria
  17. 17.Department of Internal Medicine IMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  18. 18.Task Force for Neurosurgical Oncology, Austrian Society of NeurosurgeryAustria

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