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Dr Bannon is open to PhD applications from candidates interested in studying how to develop and apply statistical methodology to better understand cancer epidemiology and cancer patient survival outcome.


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Research Interests

My research expertise lies in estimating and presenting population-based cancer patient survival, and exploring the reasons for regional variation in survival. In addition, I am interested is assessing the lower thresholds, numbers-wise, for estimating robust survival estimates that can be compared then to other regions or countries. These interests arise from having worked previously as a statistician in the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry producing official statistics, information queries, audit reports, and research articles. I am developing funnel-plot methodology to present international survival in which overall mean and control limits are underpinned by a random-effects model.  I am looking at causal inference statistical methodology to understand the drivers of cancer patient survival variation using observational datasets. For instance, is treatment in elderly cancer patients effective at extending life, and how much of the lower survival in elderly cancer patients is due to under-treatment?

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Research Output

  • Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)

    The NeST (neoadjuvant systemic therapy in breast cancer) study – Protocol for a prospective multi-centre cohort study to assess the current utilization and short-term outcomes of neoadjuvant systemic therapies in breast cancer

    Irwin, G. W., Bannon, F., Coles, C. E., Copson, E., Cutress, R. I., Dave, R. V., Grayson, M., Holcombe, C., Irshad, S., O'Brien, C., O'Connell, R. L., Palmieri, C., Shaaban, A. M., Sharma, N., Singh, J., Whitehead, I., Potter, S. & McIntosh, S. A., 11 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Surgery Protocols. 18, p. 5-11 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 58 Downloads (Pure)

    Insights into the factors associated with achieving the preference of home death in terminal cancer: A national population-based study

    Bannon, F., Cairnduff, V., Fitzpatrick, D., Blaney, J., Gomes, B., Gavin, A. & Donnelly, C., Dec 2018, In : Palliative and Supportive Care. 16, 6, p. 749-755 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
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    The effect of clinical and tumour factors on prognosis after contralateral breast cancer in Northern Ireland

    McIlmunn, C., Bannon, F., Fitzpatrick, D., Savage, K. & McIntosh, S., 23 Feb 2018, (Accepted).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    Queen's University Belfast

    Finian Bannon (Advisor)

    08 May 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    NI Science Festival

    Finian Bannon (Participant)

    25 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Public Health Agency (External organisation)

    Finian Bannon (Advisor)

    17 Jul 2017 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    Joint Action on Rare Cancer, 3rd Health Programme

    Finian Bannon (Advisor)

    14 May 201731 Dec 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Comparing population-based international cancer survival estimates

    Finian Bannon (Advisor)

    17 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Quantifying under-treatment in older adult breast, lung and colorectal cancer patients

    Author: Akinoso-Imran, A. Q., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Bannon, F. (Supervisor), Kee, F. (Supervisor) & Hanna, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy