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Basic Cancer Registration and CanReg5 Course in Russian

Location/Host: Astana, Kazakhstan/Central Asian Cancer Institute
Dates: 22–26 September 2014
Countries of students: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
The first cancer registration and CanReg5 course for Russian-speaking participants was held on 22–26 September 2014 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, with an international faculty from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) (Morten Ervik, Ariana Znaor), the IARC Regional Hub in Izmir, Turkey (Sultan Eser) and Russian-speaking cancer registration experts (Valentin Babaev, Nadya Dimitrova, Anton Rhyzov). The course was hosted by the Central Asian Cancer Institute. The programme included basic cancer registration principles and methods, coding and classification and training on using the CanReg5 software. The participants also had the opportunity to present their registry and exchange experiences. The course was attended by 28 participants from 10 countries, mostly medical statisticians and epidemiologists. The course will be followed by recommendations for the cancer registries (see the Astana Recommendations). The lectures were recorded, and the videos will soon be available online. The course was well received and highly evaluated.

A comment from the course evaluation:

"Thank you for the opportunity to be a participant in this course and to acquire skills of working not so much with numbers – but with what they de facto mean, people, as well as their lives, our lives..."

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