HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 c1946W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations for breast cancer were carried out by the NHS in each of the last five years. [189552]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The information requested is shown in the following table. Figures are given to include and exclude chemotherapy.

Count of finished consultant episodes with an operation and primary diagnosis malignant neoplasm of breast (ICD10–C50) including and excluding chemotherapy (OPCS: X352) national health service hospitals. England 1998–99 to 2002–03

(X352) included


(X352) excluded

1998–1999 87,141 37,687
1999–2000 95,237 45,036
2000–2001 100,150 50,718
2001–2002 97,139 50,471
2002–2003 95,898 50,768
1. A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of inpatients.
2. The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002–3) diagnosis fields in the hospital episode statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
3. Figures are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data, except for 2002–03, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episodes (HES), Department of Health.