Working Groups

Screening in the COVID-19 Era Working Group

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly reshaped health services worldwide with a surge in the demand for acute healthcare services and reconfiguration of inpatient services, suspension of screening programmes, and redeployment of healthcare resources. This working group aims to assess the immediate effects of the first wave of COVID-19 in cancer screening services worldwide, and how they were adapted due to the ongoing pandemic.

Recent publications:

Puricelli Perin DM, Elfström KM, Bulliard JL, Burón A, Campbell C, Flugelman AA, Giordano L, Kamineni A, Ponti A, Rabeneck L, Saraiya M, Smith RA, Broeders MJM; International Cancer Screening Network. Early assessment of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer screening services: The International Cancer Screening Network COVID-19 survey. Prev Med. 2021 Oct;151:106642. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106642. Epub 2021 Jun 30. PMID: 34217420; PMCID: PMC8241661.

Puricelli Perin DM, Christensen T, Burón A, Haas JS, Kamineni A, Pashayan N, Rabeneck L, Smith R, Elfström M, Broeders MJM; International Cancer Screening Network ICSN. Interruption of cancer screening services due to COVID-19 pandemic: lessons from previous disasters. Prev Med Rep. 2021 Sep;23:101399. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101399. Epub 2021 May 17. PMID: 34026465; PMCID: PMC8126519.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Working Group

Opportunistic and organized screening for colorectal cancer is available in many countries, which provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge to improve its delivery and further reduce morbidity and mortality of this disease worldwide. To address the challenge of reliably comparing the diverse colorectal cancer screening programs while building adequate models that can predict their long-term outcomes, this working group is investigating which methodologies are most appropriate and proposing a consortium that could open new channels for data sharing.

Recent publications:

Segnan N, Dekker E, Doria-Rose VP, Senore C, Rabeneck L, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I; International Cancer Screening Network Colorectal Cancer Screening Working Group. Comparing Colorectal Cancer Screening Outcomes in the International Cancer Screening Network: A Consortium Proposal. Gastroenterology. 2022 Mar;162(3):668-674. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2021.10.012. Epub 2021 Oct 21. PMID: 34687738.

Doria-Rose VP, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, McCarthy S, Puricelli-Perin DM, Butera V, Segnan N, Taplin SH, Senore C. Measures of longitudinal adherence to fecal-based colorectal cancer screening: Literature review and recommended approaches. Int J Cancer. 2021 Jul 15;149(2):316-326. doi: 10.1002/ijc.33589. Epub 2021 Apr 17. PMID: 33811643.