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Cancer survival short course 2009

Cancer survival: principles, methods and analysis

22-26 June 2009

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
in collaboration with the UK Association of Cancer Registries


Course organisers: Professor Michel Coleman and Dr Bernard Rachet
Course administrator: Ms Yuki Alencar

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The course

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), Prof. Janez Stare (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and researchers in the Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

COURSE ORGANISERS
Professor Michel Coleman and Dr Bernard Rachet

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.

ENTRY CRITERIA
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 a qualification in statistics, but some experience is essential to take full advantage of the statistical components of the course. Experience with Stata software would also be an advantage; guidance notes and exercises on Stata will be sent to accepted applicants before the course. The applied public health elements of the course will be accessible and relevant to all groups.

COURSE CERTIFICATE AND ASSESSMENT
Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance. There is no formal examination.

COURSE FEE
The fee for the whole week is £915 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.

Discounted fees are available as follows:
- Staff employed by UKACR-member cancer registries are entitled to a 20% reduction at £730; to qualify for this discount you must submit with your application a supporting letter from your registry director confirming your status.
- Participants based in low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries are entitled to a special discounted fee of £490. Appropriate supporting documentation must be submitted in order to confirm eligibility. A list of eligible countries can be found here.

Fees are payable in full by 22 May 2009.

An application form can be downloaded here and submitted by e-mail.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
The School cannot organise travel or provide accommodation for participants. A list of hotels and other accommodation in the vicinity of the School can be provided on request to Registry.

SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING
We are seeking funding to enable us to offer fellowships to participants based in developing countries. Availability of fellowships cannot be guaranteed
If you are independently seeking sponsorship please look at the websites for Cancer Research UK, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust, The British Academy or the British Council. Please inform the course administrator, Ms Yuki Alencar of your plans to apply for sponsorship as early as possible, to ensure that you receive all the information and help you may need. Remember, you may not be the only applicant whom we are helping to apply for support to attend the course.

ACCREDITATION
The Royal College of Physicians have awarded 30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for this course. These credits will appear on the certificate of attendance.

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