Summer School

Training Courses – Summer School

GICRNet Master Class: Analysis of Population-based Cancer Registry data
Next edition will be June-July 2021

Population-based cancer registries (PBCR) are critical to national cancer control planning, and in the monitoring and evaluating of specific cancer control measures aimed at reducing the burden and suffering from cancer in the community. With only a limited number of adequate civil and vital registration systems available in many parts of the developing world, cancer registries provide a unique source of such information on the scale, profile and evolution of the local cancer burden.

Data analysis is a key activity within the PBCR that allows for a systematic utilization and dissemination of the data to describe the cancer burden as an input for cancer control as well as a means to gain a better understanding of the data to continuously improve it. Yet, capacity for data analysis is however sparse in many low- and medium-income countries (LMICs), owing largely to difficulties to procure resources, i.e. staff, time, funds and also technology to facilitate the work.

As part of the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry development (GICR), IARC aims to increase the number of high-quality PBCR in LMICs and expand their functions to inform cancer control and develop research studies. To increase the capacity in data analysis, IARC and regional partners have established the GICRNet, a new model to deliver support that involves a network of local trainers. Focused on specific subject areas, each IARC GICR Regional trainer is equipped with standardized educational material and resources so that they can then serve as faculty, provide assistance to local registries and contribute towards new tools to support local capacity-building in cancer registration.

The module will target staff from cancer registries or other institutions in the six GICR Hub regions that utilize cancer registry data. Selected participants will be expected to demonstrate experience in data analyses or the potential to learn. More importantly, involvement as an IARC GICR Regional Trainer requires an on-going willingness to share knowledge with peers through active involvement in courses, consultancies and assistance through ad-hoc queries. Training will thus focus on developing technical capacity to organize courses, transfer knowledge and lead on local capacity building activities to analyse PBCR data as well as interpretation and dissemination of the results produced from the analysis.

The module is a comprehensive course for trainers covering the following aspects:

  • Coordination and organization of courses
  • Assessing trends over time, including studying the role of age as well as changes in trends at a specific calendar period or cohort
  • Essentials in cancer survival analysis: life table methods, net survival and adjustment for age
  • Selection and use of analytical or statistical tools for descriptive epidemiological analysis using PBCR data
  • Interpretation and dissemination of descriptive analytical results using PBCR data
  • Practical advice to assess PBCR data
  • An overview of the GICRNet approach to capacity building

Upon completion of the module, trainers will have strengthened their capacity to lead and coordinate data analysis courses and provide support to PBCR to perform descriptive analysis of their data. More specifically, they will be able to:

  • Understand descriptive epidemiology and important indicators commonly used to describe cancers burden over time, person and place
  • Conduct analysis of cancer incidence and mortality over time using trends analysis
  • Estimate overall and net survival using population life tables
  • Interpret results and understand determinants of time trends e.g. impact of period and cohort and comparison in survival estimates
  • Use appropriate software for descriptive epidemiological analysis
  • Perform as an IARC GICR Regional Trainer

APPLY HERE – Call for application will be launched in November 2020

IARC Courses Programme
International Agency for Research on Cancer
150 cours Albert Thomas
F-69008 Lyon
Tel: +33 4 72 73 80 72
Fax: +33 4 72 73 80 80