Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

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Conducting Survey Research in Central Cancer Registries and Optimizing Recruitment

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $325

Fee includes all course materials, breakfast and afternoon beverage break

To provide an orientation into the infrastructure requirements and processes for conducting survey research at central cancer registries. To introduce the audience to patient/participant recruitment and retention techniques and processes for optimizing enrollment and retention in survey research projects. The intended audience for this workshop includes all levels of research staff that want to learn about conducting survey research at central cancer registries or are currently involved in studies that require contact with cancer cases but want to improve response rates.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain the role of central cancer registries in population-based cancer research and discuss the different types of epidemiological studies that can be conducted using cancer registry data.
  1. Discuss common processes for gaining access to cancer registry data for survey research or other types of studies that involve contacting cancer cases through the registry.
  1. Describe the participant recruitment and retention process and techniques to enhance participation in survey research studies.

Requirements

Must attend 5 webinars in advance of one day workshop at NAACCR Annual Conference.

All webinars are on Wednesdays from 2 pm – 3 pm ET.

  • April 12, 2017
  • April 26, 2017
  • May 10, 2017
  • May 24, 2017
  • June 7, 2017

Content

Provide basic tools and knowledge needed to assess feasibility and build capacity to conduct survey research at a central cancer registry.

Outline the process steps needed to develop, budget and secure approval to conduct survey research that requires contact with cancer cases.

Outline the processes of conducting survey research with registry data.

Introduce techniques and ideas for enhancing recruitment and retention in cancer registry trials.

Course Organizers

  • Natalia Herman – Research Teaching Specialist I, New Jersey State Cancer Registry.
  • Beth Harper, President, Clinical Performance Partners, Inc.
  • TBD- Central Cancer Registry Director/Other

Cancer Surveillance: An Overview and Hands-On Experience

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm | $75

Fee includes all course materials, breakfast and afternoon beverage break

This workshop will provide attendees with a basic introduction to cancer surveillance methods including types of cancer surveillance registries, history and legislation of cancer surveillance, data collection methods, using cancer registry data for cancer prevention and control research, planning, and policy, and a hands-on experience with accessing and analyzing publically available cancer surveillance data.

Course Objectives

  1. To provide a basic introduction to cancer registries including types, history, and legislation
  1. To provide an overview of cancer surveillance data collection methodology
  1. To provide an overview of using cancer surveillance data for cancer prevention and control research, planning, and policy applications
  1. To provide workshop attendees with a hands-on experience with accessing and analyzing publically available cancer registry data

Requirements

Participants should have basic computer skills and should bring a lap-top for the hands-on experience with accessing and analyzing publically available cancer surveillance data.

Content

Cancer surveillance introduction and data collection methods, available cancer incidence data, how to use cancer registry data, interactive exercises that use publically available cancer surveillance data. There will be a special emphasis on analyzing data in ethnic minority groups.

Course Organizers

  • Kimberly J. Johnson, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Registry Usage of the SEER Abstracting Tool and the SEER Data Viewer

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm | $250

Fee includes all course materials and breakfast

The SEER Abstracting Tool is a fully configurable framework for collecting and extracting data; it includes integrated features designed specifically for abstracting cancer data. The SEER Data Viewer is a utility tool for investigating and resolving data issues in large data files. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to use these applications to their full potential through concrete examples and practical exercises.

Course Objectives

The first part of the course will allow the participants to experience the customization aspects of SEER*Abs. The second part of the course will provide them the knowledge to easily resolve everyday tasks that they need to perform on their data files using the SEER Data Viewer.

Requirements

Class participants should bring their own laptop computer with Java and the latest version of SEER*Abs and the SEER Data Viewer installed (both available on the SEER website – seer.cancer.gov).

Content

Overview of the applications, common use cases, hand-on exercises.

Course Organizer(s)

  • Carol Kosary, DMgt National Cancer Institute

Interactive Mapping Toolkit for Cancer Surveillance and Cancer Control

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm | $175

Fee includes all course materials and afternoon beverage break

A variety of interactive mapping tools are available for cancer surveillance and cancer control. This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to a number of these tools. A basic theoretical framework for the tools will be provided followed by practical hands-on examples of how to use each of the tools in real world cancer surveillance and cancer control applications.

Course Objectives

The course will provide participants with a better understanding of the tools available for interactive mapping of cancer related data and how to apply these tools in cancer surveillance, cancer control planning, and cancer research.

Requirements

Class participants should bring their own laptop computer.

Content

Introduction and overview of cancer mapping; specific examples of tools in State Cancer Profiles, NCI GeoViewer, Animated Historical Cancer Atlas, Tobacco Policy Viewer, and an introduction to a new cancer communication tool.

Course Organizer(s)

  • Zaria Tatalovich, PhD, National Cancer Institute

SEER*Stat Basic Software Training

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm | $250

Fee includes all course materials, breakfast and afternoon beverage break

SEER*Stat Basic Training covers case listing, frequency, and rate sessions. Joinpoint regression software and an introduction to the Health Disparities Calculator. This course also includes a basic overview of age-adjustment and some key analytic fields.

Course Objectives

Introduce basic statistical topics in the analysis of cancer registry data and how data can be analyzed using these techniques within the SEER*Stat software.

Requirements

General familiarity with the analysis of registry data. Each participant must bring a laptop with a Windows operating system or a Windows emulator. If an emulator is used, then the participant should test compatibility with SEER*Stat prior to the conference.

Content

Overview of data, and basic analyses with SEER*Stat and Joinpoint.

Course Organizer(s)

  • Angela Mariotto, Mathematical Statistician, National Cancer Institute

SEER*Stat Advanced Software Training

Monday, June 19, 2017 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm | $250

Fee includes all course materials, breakfast and afternoon beverage break

SEER*Stat Advanced Topics covers survival, limited-duration prevalence, multiple primary analysis, and left-truncated life tables analysis using SEER*Stat.

Course Objectives

Introduce advanced statistical topics in the analysis of cancer registry data and how data can be analyzed using these techniques within the SEER*Stat software.

Requirements

Basic SEER*Stat training course or workplace SEER*Stat experience. General familiarity with the analysis of registry data. Each participant must bring a laptop with a Windows operating system or a Windows emulator. If an emulator is used, then the participant should test compatibility with SEER*Stat prior to the conference.

Content

Survival analyses, including relative, cause-specific, and conditional survival; limited-duration prevalence; multiple primary standardized incidence ratios; and left-truncated life tables.

Course Organizer(s)

  • Angela Mariotto, Mathematical Statistician, National Cancer Institute

Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications

Friday, June 16, 2017 | Saturday, June 17, 2017 | Sunday, June 18, 2017 | Monday, June 19, 2017 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $1450

Fee includes all course materials, breakfast and afternoon beverage break

A highly-experienced faculty will present a stimulating and intensive 4-day course on the principles, methods and applications of cancer survival with population-based data.

Course Objectives

  1. Provide an overview of the primary statistical methods used in population-based cancer survival analysis, their relative merits for a range of common applications, and insight into the main controversies in the field.
  2. Describe and discuss practical aspects of estimating cancer patient survival, such as follow-up and ascertainment of deaths (including NDI and SSA linkages), multiple primaries, and stage migration.
  3. Present some of the latest methodological developments in the field from the researchers who have contributed to their development.
  4. Provide opportunities for computer-based practical analysis of real cancer data with instruction from faculty members who have developed many of the software commands that are widely used in the field.
  5. Provide a student-centered learning environment, such that each and every participant enhances their knowledge and skills in the specific areas of interest to them. A large and experienced faculty will be on hand to ensure each and every participant receives individualized help during the practical sessions.

Requirements

This is a hands-on course. Participants should bring a laptop with SEER*Stat and SAS installed and have administrative rights so that they may install Stata during the course. If you wish, please bring your own datasets to analyze during the course.

Content

The course will cover central concepts, such as how to estimate and model net survival, as well as recent methodological developments including flexible parametric models, estimation in the presence of competing risks, and loss in expectation of life. The course will also address practical issues of relevance to North America, such as the recently developed US life tables, NDI linkages, SSA linkages, problems ascertaining deaths among Hispanics and Asians, and hybrid approaches of linkages and active follow-up.

Course Organizers

  • Paul Dickman, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Paul Lambert, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK
  • Angela Mariotto, PhD, Mathematical Statistician, Surveillance Informatics Branch, Surveillance Research Program, National Cancer Institute, USA
  • Therese Andersson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chris Johnson, MPH, Epidemiolgist, Cancer Data Registry of Idaho, USA

Evaluation of NCI-funded METRIC Software to Measure Cancer Health Environment

Friday, June 23, 2017 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 7:00 am – noon

Cost is Free but space is limited. Event is two days in length.

Includes breakfast and afternoon beverage break

 

Objectives:

To provide an introduction to the METRIC software to Measure Cancer Health Environment, a GIS-based software.

To facilitate discussion on how to coordinate such an approach to environmental health with cancer surveillance collection and research.

 

Requirements:

Participants should have experience in cancer surveillance research and interest in using cancer surveillance data in environmental health applications.

 

Content:

NAACCR has been asked by BioMedWare to assemble a group of cancer surveillance experts to evaluate a prototype software and discuss the linkage of environmental metrics relation to cancer. BioMedware, Inc. (www.biomedware.com) is an R&D company with expertise in spatial analysis of health data, and the development and commercialization of software tools.  BioMedware is the prime contractor on a Phase II Small Business Innovation Contract from the National Cancer Institute that started in September 2016. The overall objective of this 2-year project is to develop the first GIS-based software that offers tools specifically designed for the automated access, homogenization, and visualization of data for the purpose of computing and disseminating customized environmental metrics (e.g. food and built environments, access to screening facilities, environmental exposure). This is a working workshop that will include instructive lectures on the project and software as well as group discussions regarding the implications of incorporating the linkage of cancer data to environmental data within the structure of population–based registries.

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