Course 2008, Principles, Methods and Analysis
16-20 June 2008
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
in collaboration with the UK Association of Cancer Registries
A highly experienced faculty will present a stimulating and intensive one-week course on the principles, methods and applications of cancer survival with population-based data. Relative survival will be the main approach to analysis, with discussion of some recent methodological developments and results, in lectures and computer-based practical exercises using real data, with review sessions and a session for participants to present their own work or ideas.
The methodological concepts of cancer survival will be illustrated by public health and policy applications throughout the week. Survival results from recent studies will be presented and their interpretation discussed.
The aims of the course are:
- to teach the main statistical methods for population-based cancer survival analysis;
- to discuss the main controversies in estimation and interpretation of cancer survival statistics;
- to provide students with an intensive learning environment in which most faculty members will attend all sessions of the course, not just their own;
- to provide opportunities for computer-based practical analysis of real cancer data.
Methods covered include:
- population measures of cancer burden (incidence, prevalence, mortality, survival);
- crude, net and relative survival and excess mortality hazard;
- construction of abridged and complete life tables;
- relative survival analysis, including cohort, complete, period and hybrid approaches;
- multi-adjustment of cancer survival for age, stage and other factors;
- impact of data quality, completeness, stage migration, screening and lead-time bias;
- methods of handling missing data in cancer survival analysis;
- avoidable deaths and statistical "cure";
- multi-variable modelling relative survival and comparison to Cox and Poisson approaches;
- flexible models for time-dependent excess hazard.
The teaching faculty will include Dr Paul Dickman (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden) and researchers in the Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Who should apply?
Epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians and oncologists, public health specialists and others with a direct interest in applied cancer survival analysis, and particularly those working in a cancer registry.
Applicants must have a basic understanding of cancer survival analysis, since this course will include discussion of advanced statistical methods and practical computing in addition to discussion of the public health applications of cancer survival data. We do not insist that participants have qualifications in statistics, but some experience will be required to take full advantage of the course. The applied public health elements of the course will be accessible and relevant to all groups.
Fees and discounts
The fee for the whole week is £870 which includes course materials, lunch on the first and last days and tea/coffee at each break. This fee does not include travel or accommodation. The course is designed as such that you need to attend the whole week therefore daily rates are not available.
A 20% discounted fee of £700 is available to the following:
- Staff from UKACR-member cancer registries
- Cancer registry staff from developing countries
To qualify for the discount you must submit with your application a supporting letter from your registry director confirming your staff status.
Fees are payable in full by 5 May 2008.
Sponsorship and funding
If you are looking for sponsorship please look at Cancer Research UK, The Royal Society and the British Academy. Please inform the course administrator, Kelly Lawless (email@example.com), of your plans to apply for funding as early as possible, to ensure that you receive all the information and help you may need, particularly where joint applications will be submitted. Remember, you may not be the only applicant whom we are helping to apply for support to attend the course.
Travel and accommodation
The School cannot organize travel or provide accommodation for participants. A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be provided on request to Registry.
Accreditation for continuing professional development is being sought for this course from the Royal College of Physicians.