The Scientific Committee have designed the programme to cover six main themes.

  • Screening technologies and diagnostic markers
  • Estimation of prognosis and identification of individuals at increased risk of cancer
  • Factors associated with stage of diagnosis and clinical outcome
  • All types of therapy and all phases of development and testing

  • Population-based research aimed at understanding causation, incidence, trends, and risk (such as environmental and genetic risk)
  • Research on prevention (for example, lifestyle and nutritional factors), including individual and community interventions

  • Quality and cost of healthcare and coordination of care
  • Development and testing of healthcare delivery methods
  • Access to healthcare including primary care and screening services

  • Public policy issues, ethics and confidentiality
  • Education and communication about cancer
  • Involvement of patients and public in deciding research priorities
  • Patient-led research

  • Living with and beyond cancer: physical, psychological and social impacts and their management
  • Research into care at the end of life

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of oncogenesis and tumour suppression
  • The tumour microenvironment
  • Cell biology relevant to cancer