Programme Streams

The Scientific Committee work together to produce an interdisciplinary programme that spans the research spectrum. To allow delegates to identify sessions that are relevant to their area of work, all our educational sessions are categorised into the five main themes that form the programme streams. Listed below are some examples of what each stream covers.


Cancer discovery / underpinning research

  • Normal cell functioning
  • Cancer initiation: Alterations in chromosomes
  • Cancer initiation: Oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes
  • Cancer progression and metastasis
  • Exogenous and endogenous factors in the origin and cause of cancer
  • Interactions of genes and/or genetic polymorphisms with exogenous and/or endogenous factors
  • Cancer immunology
  • Development and use of new in vivo models
  • Translation of underpinning research into the clinic


  • Interventions to prevent cancer: personal behaviours that affect cancer risk
  • Dietary intervention to reduce cancer risk and nutritional science in cancer prevention
  • Chemoprevention and other medical interventions
  • Vaccines for prevention

Early detection, diagnosis and prognosis

  • Technology development and/or marker discovery
  • Technology and marker evaluation with respect to fundamental parameters of method
  • Technology and/or marker testing in clinical settings


  • Discovery and development of localised and systemic therapies
  • Clinical application of localised and systemic therapies
  • Combination of localised and systemic therapies
  • Scientific assessment of non-conventional therapies

Living with and beyond cancer

  • Patient care and living with and beyond cancer issues
  • Surveillance
  • Palliative care and end of life care
  • Population-based behavioural factors
  • Health services, economic and health policy analysis
  • Education and communication research