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Isere Cancer Registry

Contact Info

CHU - Pavillon E
BP 217
Grenoble Cedex 9
France (metropolitan)
Dr. Marc Colonna


Registration area

The Isère Cancer Registry covers the population of the department of Isère, which is located in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France and includes part of the French Alps. The department has a total area of 7431 km2 and is highly urbanized. In 2009, the population of Isère was 1.2 million (49% male and 51% female), with a population density of 162 residents/km2.

Cancer care facilities

Isère and neighbouring departments (such as Rhône, where a significant proportion of the Isère population is treated) have a high level of specialized medical equipment, distributed across one specialized cancer hospital, two academic hospitals (in Grenoble and Lyon), and many public hospitals and private clinics. The level of medical coverage in Isère is high, with 167 general practitioners and 159 specialists per 100 000 residents.

Registry structure and methods

The registry is located in Grenoble, the department’s capital. Most of the registry’s funding comes from the French Ministry of Health (through the Institute for Public Health Surveillance and the National Cancer Institute) and the local government of Isère. The registry has 10 employees: an epidemiologist/biostatistician, a medical epidemiologist, a half-time physician, a data manager, four registrars, and two part-time secretaries. Registration is both passive/semi-active (through the use of medico-administrative and pathology records) and active (through the consultation of medical records by registry investigators). Death certificates are not used as a source. All invasive and in situ cancers are registered, with the exception of basal cell carcinomas of the skin. Active follow-up is performed on all registered cases.

Interpreting the results

Isère has an organized screening programme for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancers (among women aged 50–74 years), which was started in 1990. An organized screening programme for colorectal cancer in men was started in 2002.

Use of the data

Registry data are included in the French network of cancer registries (FRANCIM) database and are used to estimate national incidence and survival. The data are also used in a variety of descriptive epidemiological studies (e.g. for prevalence estimations or for the description of the diagnosis circumstances of certain cancer sites . )


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