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Cancer survival short course 2010

Cancer survival: principles, methods and analysis

21 - 25 June 2010

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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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, using lectures, computer-based analytic exercises with real data, review sessions and a session for participants to present their own work or ideas. Relative survival will be the main approach to analysis, with discussion of some recent methodological developments and results.

The methodological concepts of cancer survival will be illustrated by public health and policy applications throughout the week. Results from recent survival 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 with Cox and Poisson approaches
- flexible models for time-dependent excess hazards

The teaching faculty will include Dr Paul Dickman (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden), Dr Claudia Allemani (Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy), Dr Maria Paula Curado (International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France) and researchers in the Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Professor Michel Coleman and Dr Bernard Rachet

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 a qualification in statistics, but some experience is essential in order to take full advantage of the statistical components of the course. All practical sessions will use STATA, therefore experience with Stata software would be an advantage. The applied public health elements of the course will be accessible and relevant to all groups.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance. There is no formal examination.

The fee for the whole week is £960 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 for a whole week; 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 £770; 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 £500. Appropriate supporting documentation must be submitted in order to confirm eligibility. A list of eligible countries can be found here.

A formal letter confirming sponsorship or the course fee (paid in full) must be received by 5 June 2010.

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.

We are seeking funding to enable us to offer fellowships to participants who are based in developing countries, but the availability of fellowships through the London School 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.
You are also encouraged to apply for a place on the course as early as possible. For those that have been accepted on the course, confirmation of acceptance can be supplied. Further enquiries should be made to the course administrator.

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.

For further information please e-mail survival@lshtm.ac.uk

An application form can be downloaded from the links below and submitted by e-mail to the short courses administrator in the Registry (shortcourses@lshtm.ac.uk):

2010 application form (pdf)

2010 application form (Word)

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