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Personalised monitoring intervals for cancer surveillance

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

About the Project

The CRUK Cancer Centre in Oxford is offering twelve funded studentships for October 2021 in Cancer Science. There are 41 projects to choose from, two of which, including this project, will be hosted and supervised by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS) of the University of Oxford.

When applying for this Cancer Science Programme, applicants must include up to 3 ranked projects from the 2021 project list ( This project is number 38 in the project list.

About this project

An increasing proportion of precancerous conditions and less advanced cancers are being managed conservatively with surveillance rather than immediate treatment and an increasing number of cancer survivors are being monitored for recurrence. Current surveillance protocols suggest periodic testing to monitor for disease progression. Whilst the evidence for which tests to use is of higher quality, the evidence for the timing of surveillance intervals is often weak with recommendations involving convenient periods of time e.g. every 6 months or annually. Guidelines rarely incorporate patient level risk factors or offer clear guidance on when surveillance could cease. We propose the development of a dynamic method to derive personalised monitoring intervals based on the patient’s current risk. The aim of this project is to develop a statistical monitoring method that could be applied to a wide range of clinical areas including cancer recurrence.

Who are we looking for?

The scheme caters to researchers form a wide range of backgrounds. The three types of application welcomed are Clinical Trainees, Medical Undergraduates, and Non-Clinical/Fundamental Scientists. Eligibility is also defined here:

About the DPhil in Cancer Science Programme

With its first intake confirmed for 2020, the DPhil in Cancer Science Programme ( at the University of Oxford provides research-based doctoral training for cancer researchers from clinical, biological, engineering, mathematics and statistics backgrounds. Successful applicants will receive a world-leading research training experience that integrates an education initiative spanning cancer patient care, tumour biology and research impact; on- course and post-programme mentorship; and a specialised, fundamental, subject-specific training programme that is tailored to individual research needs.

The programme is unique and distinctive in offering integrated training across the following themes: Immunity, Infection & Inflammation; DNA Damage Response & Radiation Biology; Cancer Genetics & Epigenetics; and Cancer Big Data. It builds on Oxford’s outstanding research record in these areas, spanning both the University and Hospital Trust.


All offered places are fully funded at the home rate. This includes salary/stipend, University and College fees, and a research consumables budget of £13k p.a. International applicants would need to either source further funding or support themselves financially for the remailing fees. See here more information about funding for the Cancer Science Programme:

How to apply

Follow this link for information on hot to apply.

Applications are open for October 2021.
Application deadline is 12:00 midday UK time, Friday 8 January 2021

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