About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) presents performance against the National Testis Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) in the Cancer QPIs dashboard held within the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS).

Main points

  • There were 179 men diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in Scotland during the period October 2019 to September 2020. This was a small reduction from the previous years (192 men were diagnosed between October 2018 and September 2019 and 181 between October 2017 and September 2018).
  • At Scotland level for October 2019 to September 2020, the target was met for five of the 11 indicators.
  • Some of the QPI targets have proved challenging to achieve. A lower proportion of patients had their primary orchidectomy surgery (QPI 3), or received systemic therapy (QPI 8) within 3 weeks of an MDT decision. There were fewer patients able to access clinical trials (QPI 11).
  • It is reassuring however that all networks had very low 30-day mortality rates ( QPI 10), thus meeting the less than 5% targets.


National cancer quality performance indicators have been developed to support continuous quality improvement in cancer care. NHS boards are required to report these indicators against a clinically agreed indicator specific target as part of the mandatory national cancer quality programme. They have been developed collaboratively by the North Cancer Alliance, South East Scotland Cancer Network, West of Scotland Cancer Network, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and PHS.

Further information


The Cancer QPIs are located within the SCRIS dashboard, thus bringing all the cancer data together in the one place. Access to the Cancer QPIs dashboard is restricted and is accessible via the NHSNSS User Access system.


For further information please refer to the West of Scotland Cancer (WoSCAN) and North Cancer Alliance (NCA) published reports.

Testicular Cancer Indicators

Definitions and details on updating or archiving Testis Cancer indicators are available from Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

PHS: Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

For more information on the National Cancer Quality Programme - Scottish Government letter CEL 06 2012.

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Last updated: 07 October 2022
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