Indicators of progress towards reducing cancer mortality through early diagnosis
Prof P Sasieni
Dr J Waller
No more applications being accepted
Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
The aim of this project is to develop new indicators that can be used to monitor progress in early cancer diagnosis. Such indicators should be available in a timely manner (so that they do not only relate to diagnoses made several years ago) and should be available both locally and nationally. Additionally, one needs to consider the potential impact of over-diagnosis and lead time. The student will consider a variety of measures including:
- The proportion of patients who die in the same calendar year as they are diagnosed as a surrogate for 1-year relative survival. This measure should be available 12 months ahead of 1-year net survival. The same denominator could be used but expressed as a population rate - mortality with death occurring in same year as diagnosis.
- Age-standardised incidence of advanced cancer. To do this one would need to account for tumours with unrecorded stage.
There are also issues regarding direct or indirect standardisation (or something in between) to adjust for differences in age-distribution at a local level.
£21,000 annually. The Studentship is open to UK & EU candidates.