International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership
The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) is a unique and innovative global partnership of clinicians, academics and policymakers. It is the first of its kind, seeking to understand how and whycancer survival varies between countries/jurisdictions.
The partnership aims to generate insight and understanding that will help all partners improve cancer survival outcomes by optimising cancer policies and services. These insights are also likely to be relevant to other nations.
The fifth edition of the ICBP newsletter is now available. The newsletter is designed to provide in-depth information about the partnership and the ongoing research. You can find the latest version on our new publications page.
We have created the publications page to provide an easy overview of available ICBP publications. These include:
- Summaries and access to Scientific publications
The ICBP is a truly international initiative, involving 12 jurisdictions in 6 countries across 3 continents:
- Australia (New South Wales and Victoria)
- Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario)
- United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland and Wales)
The partner jurisdictions all have comparable wealth, a universal access to health care and longstanding, high-quality, population-based cancer registration.
Cancer types studied
The ICBP work programme is looking specifically at four cancers:
Breast, colorectal and lung cancer are common cancers that contribute a large share of the burden of cancer disease in developed countries. There are also significant differences between countries in survival from these cancers.
Ovarian cancer is a less common cancer with a complex diagnostic pathway and large variations in survival across countries.
Areas of research
The ICBP works across 5 areas of research (modules). Each module looks at different aspects of cancer survival to identify possible reasons for differences between partners.
- Module 1: Epidemiology
- Module 2: Population awareness and beliefs
- Module 3: Beliefs, behaviours and systems in primary care
- Module 4: Root cause of diagnosis and treatment delays
- Module 5: Treatment, co-morbidities and other factors
Where did it all begin
Previous studies have shown that UK nations often have poorer cancer survival outcomes than comparable countries. To understand how and why survival rates vary, Professor Sir Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director for England, led the formation of the ICBP in 2009.
Comparing cancer services, processes and the public’s interaction with these across different countries can help us identify possible reasons for the observed differences. And by understanding critical differences and similarities between UK nations and those countries with better survival rates, we should be able to build a picture of where improvements could be made.
Partners were invited to join the ICBP based on three key criteria:
- Offering a universal access to health care for their populations
- Having high-quality and long-standing population-based cancer registration
- Having a broadly comparable wealth
Meeting all three factors is very important as it limits the variables that can affect cancer outcomes. It therefore allows more meaningful comparisons. 12 jurisdictions (see Background section earlier) now form part of the ICBP.
An international steering group is overseeing the ICBP body of research. The group contains at least one key decision maker from each jurisdiction. It is chaired by Professor Sir Mike Richards.
|Mike Richards (Chair)||England||National Cancer Director and National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, Department of Health|
|David Currow||Australia - New South Wales||Chief Cancer Officer and CEO, Cancer Institute New South Wales|
|Todd Harper||Australia - Victoria||CEO, Cancer Council Victoria|
|Bob Thomas||Australia - Victoria||Chief Clinical Advisor for Cancer, Department of Health, Victoria,|
|Heather Bryant||Canada||Vice President, Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership against Cancer|
|Michael Sherar||Canada - Ontario||President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario|
|Søren Brostrøm||Denmark||Head of Department, Services and Emergency Management, Danish National Board of Health|
|Anna Gavin||Northern Ireland||Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Registry|
|Stein Kaasa||Norway||National Cancer Director, Directorate for Health|
|Gunilla Gunnarsson||Sweden||Coordinator Cancer Strategy, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions|
|Jane Hanson||Wales||Lead advisor for Cancer, Welsh Assembly Government and Director, Cancer Services Co-ordinating Group, Wales Cancer Institute|
Cancer Research UK provides the programme management services and support for all the modules.
Module 1 was completely funded by the Department of Health (England) and the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT). This funding was a direct result of the English Cancer Reform Strategy commitments.
Modules 2-5 are funded in a collaborative model, with each participating jurisdiction contributing a proportion of the costs.
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