Automated cancer registration, Lyon, 7-10 Jul 2003

Published: 24 November 2017

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