The CONCORD programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine comprises epidemiological research, teaching and capacity-building in global surveillance of cancer survival. CONCORD is supported by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) as a programme of strategic significance for the World Cancer Declaration.
CONCORD will contribute to the WHO Action Plan for non-communicable diseases, by promoting international partnerships to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer control at national, regional and global levels.
The CONCORD-2 study will examine global trends
and geographic differences in survival for 10 cancers in adults, and childhood leukaemia. It will include patients diagnosed during the period 1995-2009 or later. More than 280 cancer registries in 64 countries have signed up to participate, and so far, 227 have submitted data. Estimates should be available for 27 low- and middle-income countries: 8 in Africa, 8 out of 9 participating countries in Central and South America, 8 of 16 in Asia and 3 of the 26 in Europe. About half the countries will contribute data with 100% coverage of the national population.
The CONCORD Working Group met on 20-21 September 2012 in Cork, Ireland, after the IACR 2012 Conference. The agenda and presentations are available.
The CONCORD Steering Committee includes 25 scientists and 2 cancer patients from 16 countries, with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, cancer registration and public health. The Steering Committee will meet to review progress and consider plans for 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 24 October 2013, shortly after the 35th Scientific Conference of the International Association of Cancer Registries.
Participants in the CONCORD-2 study can register and then access CONCORD-2 documents. After registering, please keep the email with the user name and password, so that you can access the documents as needed.
The CONCORD programme is currently funded by 9 agencies in five countries, to the end of 2016:
- Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (Toronto), two years 2013-14
- Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (Belfast), researcher seconded to London 2013-14
- Cancer Institute New South Wales (Sydney), two researchers
- Cancer Research UK (London), four years 2013-16
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta), three years 2012-15
- Children with Cancer UK (London), PhD student 2013-2015
- Swiss Re (London), two years 2012-14
- Swiss Cancer Research foundation (Bern), three years 2013-16
- Swiss Cancer League (Bern), three years 2013-16
The programme is endorsed by 31 national and international agencies, including WHO EURO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The 8th edition of our annual short course “Cancer survival: principles, methods and applications” was held at the London School in June 2013, with 51 participants from 24 countries. Six scientists from LMIC registries were awarded CONCORD Training Fellowships in Cancer Survival; two more were funded by the British Embassy in Algiers. The London course is run in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, including exchange of faculty.
For administrative enquiries, please contact the CONCORD Programme Manager, Natalia Sanz: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For scientific or analytic enquiries, please contact the CONCORD Central Analytic Team: email@example.com.