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My research interest lies in improving knowledge on the survival of cancer patients through developing statistical methodology to better describe, present, and understand variation in patient outcomes. For instance, I supervised a PhD thesis on defining and measuring 'undertreatment' in elderly lung cancer patients using data from the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) and employing a causal inference mediation methodology.
I was a principal investigator on a Health Foundation project to generate the 'Route-to-Diagnosis' flag for each cancer patient in Northern Ireland (NI) using NHS datasets; this flag is being included as a key evaluation metric for the NI Department of Health's imminent Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland 2021-2031.
I lead a project with the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries Analysts' Group to determine the lower-threshold patient number required for estimating robust survival estimates, in order to facilitate survival comparisons on finer scale (e.g. between Trusts). Related to this, is funnel plot methodology I have developed to present and compare [international] survival estimates of varying precision.
In a PhD proposal presently advertised, I would like to explore the potential of applying causal inference methodology to the NICR's Monitoring Care of Cancer Patients audit datasets in order to provide a cancer treatment evidence-base for patients that are not well-represented in current research, such as those who are elderly or have rare cancers.
I have previously worked as a statistician in the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, and on CONCORD, an international cancer survival research group based in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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Distinct molecular profiles of sporadic early onset colorectal cancer: a population-based cohort and systematic reviewHamilton, A. C., Bannon, F. J., Dunne, P. D., James, J., McQuaid, S., Gray, R. T., Salto-Tellez, M., Cardwell, C. R., Loughrey, M. B. & Coleman, H. G., 01 Mar 2023, In: Gastro Hep Advances. 2, 3, p. 347-359 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile33 Downloads (Pure)
Current practice and surgical outcomes of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer: UK NeST studyMcIntosh, S. A. & NeST Study Research Collaborative, 11 May 2022, (Early online date) In: The British journal of surgery.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile116 Downloads (Pure)
Waller, Z., McFerran, E., Lamrock, F., Bannon, F. & Lawler, M., 15 May 2022.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile20 Downloads (Pure)
Capturing the clinical decision-making processes of expert and novice diabetic retinal graders using a ‘think-aloud’ approachCurran, K., Congdon, N., Peto, T., Dardis, C., Nguyen, Q. N., Hoang, T. T., Bannon, F., Luu, A. P., Mai, T. Q., Nguyen, V. T., Nguyen, H. T., Tran, H. T. T., Tran, H. H. & Lohfeld, L., 10 May 2021, (Early online date) In: Eye.
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Deliberations of an International Panel of Experts on OCT Angiography Nomenclature of Neovascular Age-Related Macular DegenerationMendonça, L. S. M., Perrott-Reynolds, R., Schwartz, R., Madi, H. A., Cronbach, N., Gendelman, I., Muldrew, A., Bannon, F., Balaskas, K., Gemmy Cheung, C. M., Fawzi, A., Ferrara, D., Freund, K. B., Fujimoto, J., Munk, M. R., Querques, G., Ribeiro, R., Rosenfeld, P. J., Sadda, S. R., Sahni, J., & 9 others, 01 Jul 2021, In: Ophthalmology. 128, 7, p. 1109-1112 4 p.
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Finian Bannon (Advisor)01 Dec 2022
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Finian Bannon (Advisor)17 Oct 2017
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Finian Bannon (Advisor)17 Jul 2017 → …
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Comhdháil i Utrecht, An Ísiltíre "Ensuring quality and use of data from cancer registries in the 21st Century" eagraithe ag an International Association of Cancer Registry
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