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Statistical methods in population-based cancer survival analysis 2023

Statistical Methods for Population-Based Cancer Survival Analysis

P. Dickman (Karolinska Institutet) & P. Lambert (University of Leicester and Karolinska Institutet) & T. Andersson (Karolinska Institutet) & M. Rutherford (University of Leicester) & E. Syriopoulou (Karolinska Institutet)

This course is part of the Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from 5-10 June 2023 at Hotel Castel Brando, near Treviso in the Veneto region of Italy.

The course will address the principles, methods, and application of statistical methods to studying the survival of cancer patients using data collected by population-based cancer registries. We cover central concepts, such as how to estimate and model relative/net survival. We will cover the use of flexible parametric survival models, cure models, loss in expectation of life, and estimation in the presence of competing risks. Comparison of different approaches (e.g., to estimating and modelling relative/net survival) will be a focus of the course and participants will get the opportunity to apply and contrast a range of methods to real data. A large amount of time will be devoted to exercise sessions where the faculty members will be available to work with participants individually or in small groups. The exercise sessions will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss their own research projects with the faculty (and with each other). We encourage potential participants to read the detailed course description at http://cansurv.net/.

Wider summer school website: https://www.biostatepi.org/

 

 

Host the next IACR Annual IACR Scientific Conferences (2024 - 2026)

The Annual IACR Scientific Conference is key activity of the Association. The IACR Annual Scientific Meeting has been held regularly since 1970, and annually since 1982. The conference is an ideal forum for exchanging knowledge with other cancer registry professionals from around the world. Hosted on a different continent each year, the IACR annual conference attracts an average of 200 delegates and offers a rich programme on topics related to the impact of cancer (incidence, survival), the evaluation of cancer screening and treatments, the aetiology of different cancers, and many others.

We invite proposals from cancer registries to host our annual conferences: 2024 – 2026 in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, respectively.

Hosting an IACR Scientific Conference involves establishing a local organising committee involving local or regional partners to help the IACR Executive Committee develop the programme, meeting arrangements and management of the conference.

Cancer registries that are interested in hosting are asked to contact IACR's Secretariat via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will assist you throughout the proposal process and organisation of the conference itself.

The proposals will be reviewed by the IACR Board and selected candidates will be invited to make a presentation during the IACR Board of Directors meeting and the IACR Business Meeting, both of which are held during the Association’s Annual Scientific Conference.

On YouTube: Presentation on PBCRs' role in cancer control

Dr Freddie Bray, Head of the Cancer Surveillance Branch (CSU) at the International Agency for Research at Cancer (IARC), presents a brief overview of population-based cancer registries (PBCRs) and their role in cancer control, with a focus on the Sub Saharan Africa region.
 
He explains the rationale for the sustainable development of cancer registry data, what defines a population-based cancer registry, and presents how IARC is working to increase coverage.  He identified some of the challenges to developing registries and offers solutions to  facilitate the development of cancer registration in Africa which would also be application to other LMIC's, and regions.
 
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2022 IACR Honorary Member Awardees

IACR, at the Virtual IACR Scientific Conference held on 8-10 November 2022, awarded honorary memberships to Dr Brenda Edwards (USA) and Dr Stefano Rosso (Piedmont, Italy) for their exemplary contributions to the Association and in the field of cancer registration and surveillance.

Brenda Edwards, US National Cancer Institute 

Stefano Rosso MD, Piedmont, Italy

 

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population-based cancer registries

Results of the COVID-19 and Cancer Registries Survey now published in the International Journal of Cancer (Open Access)

In May 2020, we sent out a survey on the impact of the pandemic to IACR registry mailing list:  about 750 cancer registries in 160 countries. They survey comprised 33 questions and was administered online using Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap). There were 230 registries that participated by sending in their response.

The full report and results of the survey is in the virtual issue of the International Journal of Cancer for World Cancer Day 2022 [Link to Article

The report concludes that the impact of COVID-19 on cancer surveillance systems such as cancer registries revealed disparities evident in low-income settings. Strategic preparedness plans suggested were:  long-term governmental support for registries' infrastructure, expansion to electronic medical record reporting, an increase in passive data collection. These actions may limit the impact of the pandemic on current and future cancer patients and assure the sustainability of cancer registries.

The authors again acknowledge the collaboration with of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) and the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry development (GICR) for this investigation and thank all registries for their contribution.

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