Past training courses


Paediatric Oncology for Cancer Registries Training course

IARC, Lyon (France), 25 to 29 November 2013

The Paediatric Oncology for Cancer Registries is a unique course, organized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in the framework of the European Network for Cancer Research in Children and Adolescents (ENCCA), a Network of Excellence funded by the European Commission in FP7. The course aims to strengthen knowledge of epidemiology, biology, clinical practice, clinical research, survivorship, and ethical issues in paediatric oncology. The course provided insight into clinical practice and developed an  understanding of the linkage between clinical data and population-based cancer registries. Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to initiate the collection of highly specific data items, understand their meaning, and apply the relevant quality control to these data, thus actively contributing to the relevant international studies. In the framework of the ENCR/JRC collaboration and given the clear value in the course's mandate to facilitate the harmonisation of cancer data across Europe, participant attendance in this training course was sponsored in part by the JRC.


For more information regarding this training, please visit http://www.iarc.fr/en/education-training/ENCCAcourse


Cancer registries training course focused on Enlargement and Integration Countries

Izmir (Turkey), 30 September to 4 October 2013

The aim of the training is to provide cancer registries staff with an understanding of good practices and procedures to establish/improve their registries and harmonise their process for collection of cancer data. This will facilitate inter-comparative studies on specific cancer types which in turn will help steer and appraise European, National and Regional cancer policy programmes.

The workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Cancer Registry data: purposes, definition and data collection
  • Data classification and coding, ENCR guidelines
  • Data quality and completeness
  • Basic concepts in descriptive epidemiology
  • Using registry data in cancer survival analysis and reporting
  • Implementation of all registry functions by means of the IARC CANREG-5 software

The training will also provide participants with good networking opportunities, particularly with regard to developing closer links with the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) and the international cancer community through the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the new IARC Regional Hub for Cancer Registration in Turkey.

The course is intended for population-based cancer registry staff and managers, especially those charged with establishing or upgrading registries and for new staff working in cancer registration.

The course is limited to 45 participants who will be selected among the applicants coming from one of the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Faroe Island, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Kuwait, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Qatar,  Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Sudan, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Western Sahara.

The working language of the course will be English, and participants will be expected to have sufficient knowledge of spoken and written English to participate actively.

Deadline for application has been postponed to 15 July 2013. To apply please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please insert the heading: CANCER REGISTRY TRAINING TURKEY. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and download the Call for Participants.


Cancer registration methods

Training of registry staff helps to increase the quality and comparability of cancer registry data - one of the aims of the ENCR. In order to maintain a standard course content, a core curriculum has been established, based on a collection of previously-used teaching materials. In addition, detailed supporting material for teaching tumour pathology has been prepared by Dr. Antoine Buemi from Haut-Rhin Cancer Registry in France. It will be available in English, French and Spanish.


The main topics covered by these courses are:

  • History, purposes and use of cancer registration
  • Natural history of cancer and general pathology
  • Data sources, definitions and collection
  • Classification and coding of collected data
  • Quality control and completeness of cancer registration
  • Computers/computer systems/automation of cancer registration
  • Statistical analysis and presentation of results
  • Legal aspects and confidentiality

These 1-week courses are organized once a year in different European countries. The teaching language is generally that of the organizing country. Such wide geographical coverage helps to meet needs for formal training of the cancer registry personnel on regional level.
The faculty is constituted of both nationally and internationally recognized professionals with rich experience in the field of cancer registration.
The courses are free of charge, while participants are expected to be responsible for their travel and accomodation. A limited number of ENCR fellowships is made available to participants.

Past courses on Cancer Registration Methods

Location Course Language Attendance
Lyon, France, 12-14 December 2005 English 40
Cluj, Romania, 25-29 August 2003 English 40
Lyon, France, 8-12 April 2002 English 28
Warsaw, Poland, 19-23 September 2000 English 18
Sofia, Bulgaria, 19-23 January 2000 English 33
Macerata, Italy, 7-11 September 1998 Italian/French/English 36
Saarbrücken, Germany, 2 - 6 March 1998 German 30
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK, 25 February - 1 March 1997 English 30
Toulouse, France, 29 January - 2 February 1996 French 55
Granada, Spain, 23-27 January 1995 Spanish 22
Copenhagen, Denmark, 17-23 January 1994 English


Statistical analysis method

It is important to ensure that standard methods of analysis and appropriate presentations are used in cancer registry reports and research. Some registries have a distinguished history of use of their data in health services and epidemiological research. For others, there may be a need to enhance skills in data analysis to augment the use, and therefore also the value, of the data. Therefore, ENCR organizes courses on statistical analysis methods which are of particular interest to cancer registries.

Three topics have been identified:

  • Survival,
  • Geographical analysis, and
  • Time trends

The selected topics are taught by international experts in the field. The lectures are followed by practical exercises, including usage of a suitable computer package. The teaching language is English.

The courses are free of charge, while participants are expected to be responsible for their travel and accomodation. A limited number of ENCR fellowships is made available to participants.

Past Courses on Statistical Analysis Methods

Title Location Course Language Attendance
Predictions Lyon, France, 19-21 September 2006 English 37
Course on Time Trends Lyon, France, 14-17 January 2003 English 37
Course on geographical analysis methods Lyon, France, 15-18 January 2002 English 32
Survival analysis methods Lyon, France, 5-8 December 2000 English 36
Time trends Lyon, France, 8-10 December 1999 English 33
Geographical analysis methods Lyon, France, 29 September - 2 October 1998 English 33
Survival analysis methods Lyon, France, 2-6 December 1996 English 30



To promote the use of the EUROCIM software, ENCR organizes courses based on the statistical analysis facilities of this package.
The Eurocim course covers the following topics:

  • Retrieval of incidence and mortality data stored in EUROCIM,
  • Statistical background for analysis of descriptive data,
  • Analysis using EUROCIM,
  • Practical training.

EUROCIM courses are organized ad hoc, whenever there is a demand in a particular country.
Requests for organizing a EUROCIM course can be sent to the ENCR secretariat.

Past Courses on EUROCIM

Location Course Language
Trieste, Italy, 17-19 July 2002
Talavera de la Reina, Spain, 22-24 April 2002
Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 12-13 December 2001
Sheffield, UK, 25-27 April 2001
Lyon, France, 15-17 March 2000
Utrecht, The Netherlands, 21-22 October 1996
Sutton, UK, 20 October 1995
Lyon, France, 24 May 1995
Lyon, France, 23-25 March 1994
French and Spanish


The third edition of ICD-O was published in 2000. A series of coding courses has been arranged by ENCR for trainers of cancer registry personnel.

  • The main topics covered are:
  • Overview of changes ICD-O-2 to ICD-O-3
  • Differences between ICD-O-3 and ICD-10
  • Content and structure of the manual
  • ICD-O-3 Coding Rules
  • Haematopoietic Diseases
  • Lymphomas and Leukaemias
  • Practical sessions

Edited by A. Fritz, C. Percy, A. Jack,
K. Shanmugaratnam, L. Sobin, D.M. Parkin and S. Whelan

ICD-O-3 is now available at WHO at a price of US $72. Orders can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Past Courses on ICD-O-3

Location Course Language Attendance
Oslo, Norway, 15-16 September 2003 English 49
Stuttgart, Germany, 10-11 April 2003 English 26
Granada, Spain, 2-3 July 2002 English/Spanish 25
London, United Kingdom, 5-6 February 2002 English 27
Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-11 September 2001 English 19


Automated cancer registration

With the increasing availability of medical data in electronic databases, transfer of electronic data from the data sources to the cancer registry is likely to increase substantially in the future. With the aim to make existing automated systems comparable, to reduce the proportion of cases requiring manual checking, to assist registries which plan to introduce automatic registration, and to provide a basic software for case resolution, a formal Working Group was established in 1999. This original Working Group consisted of Dr C. Carrigan (National Cancer Registry Coordinator for England, London, UK, formerly at the Thames Cancer Registry); Mr R. Middleton (Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Belfast, UK); and Dr L. Simonato (University of Padova, Italy; Chairman), all representing registries which are entirely or partly automated. More recently, Dr J. Norstein, The Norwegian Cancer Registry, Oslo, Norway; and Dr I. Schmidtmann, Cancer Registry of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz, Germany joined the Working Group.

Two workshops were organised on the topic (December 1998 and October 2000), a technical report was produced and a website created (http://www.ukacr.org). The first course on automated cancer registration was held at IARC, Lyon, France from 7-10 July 2003, aimed at technical and IT staff in registries about to become automated or planning to become automated.

The faculty consisted of the three members of the original Working Group and Dr H. Botha, Trent Cancer Registry, Sheffield, UK. The programme covered the following topics:

  • Principles of automated registration
  • Examples of automated registration
  • Data capture
  • Summarisation
  • Consolidation
  • Comparability
  • Manual vs automated system

Past Courses on Automated Cancer Registration
Location Course Language Attendance

Location Course Language Attendance
Lyon, France, 7-10 July 2003 English 23