Obituary: Luc Raymond (1935 - 2018)

Luc Raymond passed away in Geneva on October 14.

A statistician close to his forties, in 1972 Dr Raymond established the Geneva Cancer Registry, of which he has been in charge until his retirement in 2001. The Geneva Registry was the first in its country and among the first in Southern Europe.

Since the planning of that initiative, Luc has been conscious of the uncommon opportunity in his hands. A small Registry in a rich city and country, with a good support from the stakeholders, the Hospital and the University, and operating in an advanced medical and oncological milieu. Those conditions were implying a limited routine workload from one side, and plenty of opportunities for epidemiological research and for cooperation with the clinicians from the other side. Luc has been smartly able to fully exploit those advantages: the Geneva Registry assured a timely production of almost perfect incidence data, with rich clinical details; promoted the use of registration data for the first case-control study on the evaluation of the impact of the Pap smear; engaged in the contribution to the first large European multicentre study on the aetiology of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer.

In 1976 Luc Raymond established, with Enrico Anglesio and Albert Tuyns, the GRELL Group, a scientific cenacle devoted to supporting the training and the cooperation among the registries in Latin-speaking countries. He has been also among the founders of the Swiss Association of Cancer Registries, the NICER.

Raymond served the International Association of Cancer Registries in several roles, including representing the Association as an observer at the WHO Assembly and contributing as Editor of the VII volume of Cancer Incidence in Five Continents. Luc has been awarded the IACR Honorary Membership in 1996.

With Jacques Estève and Ellen Benhamou, Luc Raymond authored a handbook (Statistical methods in Cancer research. Vol IV. Descriptive epidemiology. IARC Sci Publ. 1994) that has been among the references in the discipline for at least a generation of epidemiologists and registrars.

One of the last international contributions of Luc Raymond has been to chair the Jury of the Enrico Anglesio Prize from 2006 to 2009.

Luc is survived by his wife Heidi, a musician, well known by the colleagues that used to meet the couple for conferences and meetings in Geneva and abroad.

Roberto Zanetti and Christine Bouchardy Magnin

Skin cancer registries in Europe: from knowledge to action

On 20 June 2018, Ms Stella de Sabata, advisor of Fondo Anglesio Moroni, will participate in the "MEPs Against Cancer" meeting at the European Parlament (Bruxelles, Belgium), upon invitation of MEP Charles Tannock (UK) to present the results of the recent European collaborative study "Trends in incidence of thick, thin and in situ melanoma in Europe" (Sacchetto L. et al. European Journal of Cancer 92 (2018) 108-118).

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Dr Veronique
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Cancer Control in Piedmont

The Fondo Anglesio Moroni, in collaboration with the Tempia Foundation, will organize the scientific meeting "Cancer Control in Piedmont", to be held in Biella (Italy) on 13 - 14 December 2018. Invited speakers include important representatives of cancer registration in Europe and the new IARC Director (to take office on January 1st 2019) Dr Elisabete Weiderpass.

Next edition of the Enrico Anglesio Prize - IACR Round

The 2019 edition will be held in Canada by invitation of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, on 8 - 13 June.

GEM Annual Meeting 2019

The GEM (Genes, Environments and Melanoma) Annual Meeting will be held in Italy in October 2019, by invitation of Dr Roberto Zanetti. The Fondo Anglesio Moroni will sponsor the event.

IACR Honorary Membership 2018

Dr Enrique Barrios from the National Cancer Registry of Uruguay, friend of the Fondo Anglesio Moroni since longtime, has been awarded with the Honorary Membership of the International Association of Cancer Registries, during the Annual Conference, held in Arequipa (Peru), in October.

Hong Kong Cancer Day 2015

Dr Roberto Zanetti, vicepresident of Fondo Anglesio Moroni, has been an Invited Speaker of the Symposium "Cancer Control in the Western Pacific", held in Hong Kong on 12 December 2015. The day after he participated in the Official Ceremony for the National Cancer Day.

UICC Cancer Atlas

Dr Stefano Rosso, who chaired several times the Jury of the Enrico Anglesio Prize, is a co-author of the Second Edition of the book "The Cancer Atlas", a joint initiative between the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IACR), and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to give the global cancer community a new tool in the fight against cancer. The Hindi version of the book was launched on 8 October at the inaugural session of the IACR Annual Conference, held in Mumbai. More information on the event can be found on the UICC website, in News.

IACR Honorary Membership 2015

Dr Kazuo Tajima from the Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute, friend of the Fondo Anglesio Moroni, has been awarded with the Honorary Membership of the International Association of Cancer Registries, during the Annual Conference, held in Mumbai, in October. Unfortunately Dr Tajima was unable to attend the Ceremony, but his colleagues and friends prepared a short and funny sketch, pretending to be him.

An extraordinary book

Dr Pierre Band, who in 2008 gave a series of talks on the History of Medical Oncology in Italy with the financial support of Fondo Anglesio Moroni, has recently published the book “THERAPEUTIC REVOLUTION. The History of Medical Oncology from Early Days to the Creation of the Subspecialty” (Bentham eBooks, 2014). As he says in the Preface, the positive feedback from his Italian experience encouraged him to develop the conference theme into a book.

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