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National Cancer Data Base

National Cancer Data Base

The nationally recognized National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)—jointly sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society—is a clinical oncology database sourced from hospital registry data that are collected in more than 1,500 Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited facilities. NCDB data are used to analyze and track patients with malignant neoplastic diseases, their treatments, and outcomes. Data represent approximately 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases nationwide and 30 million historical records. 

Online reporting tools are available to provide your program with comparative benchmarks for similar programs aggregated throughout your state, region, and across CoC-accredited programs as a whole. Additional reporting tools provide quality related performance measures in comparison to aggregated CoC-accredited programs, including quality improvement, quality assurance, and surveillance measures. Through comparison and evaluation, you can proactively improve delivery and quality of care for cancer patients in your cancer program.

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PUF Application Open

The Winter 2016 participant use data file (PUF) application period is open through February 19. PUF awarded during the Winter 2016 call will be organ-site specific, per the research interests of the successful investigator, and include cases diagnosed 2004–2013.

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Survival Reporting Policy

The CoC and the NCDB has released its policy on public reporting of survival data.  The CoC’s formal policy is to not permit public reporting of survival rates from CQIP or from the NCDB tools.

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NCDB Research News

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

New National Cancer Data Base study finds that most elderly breast cancer patients who could skip radiation still get it.

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