Available on request: Electronic cancer staging tool

The Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR), Queen's University Belfast, with licence from Springer Healthcare, LLC, has developed a Microsoft Access-based Staging Tool. The tool calculates TNM and other site-specific cancer staging classifications from the basic features of the patient's disease (e.g. tumour size or number of lymph nodes involved), entered by the user in a controlled fashion. Currently the tool is based on version 6 of the AJCC staging manual for all cancer sites, except for Lung and Uterus which have been converted to version 7. The NICR are planning to update all sites to version 7 in the near future. The NICR Staging Tool can be used by any ENCR registry who have proof of purchase of three AJCC Cancer Staging Manuals from Springer Healthcare, LLC.

To request the NICR Staging Tool, an online request form will be made available on the NICR website (www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr).

Data protection: the European Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules

The European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights. Whereas an update is much needed in this field, the reform will have a direct impact on cancer research.

As data protection and ethical conduct of research is part of the EUROCOURSE project, the EUROCOURSE WP2 working group studied the proposed Regulation. Reviewing over 83 different paragraphs and definitions is a highly specialised task in which they were helped by a Dutch law firm expert in this domain of EU legislation.

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European Network of Cancer Registries unanimously endorse JRC's role in helping develop a Cancer Information System for Europe

Cork (IE), Friday 21 September, 2012

With over 120 participants present at the General Assembly of the ENCR, an open discussion ensued about the JRC's role in helping the ENCR develop a harmonised Cancer Information System for Europe. Following this General Assembly, the ENCR Steering Committee held a closed meeting to discuss the JRC's proposal. To conclude, all 10 members of the ENCR Steering Committee voted unanimously in favour of the JRC's proposal.

Cancer Epidemiology: Principles & Methods

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