Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications - Short Course
25 – 29 June 2012
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
The cancer survival course is organised in collaboration with IARC, which holds an annual Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology. Some participants attending the survival course may wish to precede this with the IARC Module 1 on Cancer Registration, which runs 18 - 22 June 2012 . Please note that separate applications are required for the two courses. See further details about the IARC Summer School.
Course organisers: Professor Michel Coleman and Dr Bernard Rachet
Course administrator: Ms Yuki Alencar
Course programme available: 2012 programme (PDF 500 KB)
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 recent methodological developments (e.g. net survival) 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
- 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)
- all-cause (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 population "cure"
- multi-variable modelling of relative survival and comparison with Cox and Poisson approaches
Professor Michel Coleman and Dr Bernard Rachet
The teaching faculty will include Dr Paul Dickman (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden), Dr Manar Abdel-Rahman (University of Khartoum, Sudan), Dr Yuri Ito (Osaka Medical Centre for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, Osaka, Japan) 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 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 some experience with Stata software should be considered essential.
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 examination.
The fee for the whole week is £1,100, 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:
- Participants based in low-, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries are entitled to a special discounted fee of £550. See the list of eligible countries.
- Appropriate supporting documentation must be submitted in order to confirm eligibility.
The course fee must be fully paid, or a formal letter confirming sponsorship received, by 15 June 2012.
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 fellowships to be offered to participants based in developing countries. Availability of fellowships cannot be guaranteed.
You are also encouraged to apply for a place on the course as early as possible. For those who have been accepted on the course, confirmation of acceptance can be supplied. Further enquiries should be made to the course administrator.
30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits were awarded by the Royal College of Physicians for the courses in 2009-2011, and accreditation is being sought for 2012.
Further Information and Applications
For further information please email the course administrator (email@example.com).
Applications can be made using the LSHTM online application system.
Alternatively, the 2012 application form (PDF 150 KB) can be downloaded and printed. Please return the completed form to: Registry, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, United Kingdom.