American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Biostatistics Seminar



Colin Begg
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

A NEW STRATEGY FOR IDENTIFYING TUMOR SUB-CLASSIFICATIONS
BASED ON ETIOLOGIC RELEVANCE

In the past few years, much effort has been directed at the task of identifying sub-categories of cancers with distinct biological and clinical properties. Sub-groups can be defined on the basis of traditional pathologic criteria, or molecular genetic profiles identified through hierarchical clustering analyses or other techniques. However, tumor sub-categories may also be distinctive from an etiologic perspective. Important information on this issue can be obtained by examining the tumor characteristics of pairs of tumors that occur independently in the same patient. In this talk, it will be explained how data of this nature provide a unique avenue for identifying etiologic heterogeneity, and for examining alternative tumor sub-classifications with regard to their comparative etiologic relevance.


Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
307 East 63rd Street
(between First and Second Avenues)
Room 331
New York, New York
Note: To gain access to the building, please follow the directions by the telephone in the foyer.

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