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NCDB: The Corner STORE

2019 Call for Data

Due to the many changes and implementation delays in 2018, the NCDB 2019 Call for Data schedule will be adjusted to allow software vendors time to install v18 for their customers and registries an opportunity to catch up with abstracting the new data items and resubmit RQRS cases. At this time, the 2019 Call for Data is scheduled for April 1–June 30, 2019, and both NAACCR v16 and v18 layouts will be accepted for submission.

As the NCDB prepares to roll out the Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) with our new technology partner IQVIA next year, we continue to build out the needed technological infrastructure to support this new system. RCRS will replace RQRS and other NCDB tools while introducing a single source of data submission for all of our hospital registries. RQRS has been down recently as some of these new development efforts have been integrated and tested.

The NCDB is looking for programs that would like to be part of the pilot project for our new reporting structure (RCRS). Cases submitted to RCRS will include all disease sites and years, and will display the NCDB reporting tools in real time. We are currently compiling a list of volunteers, and if you would like to be part of the pilot project, please email us at, and we will add you to the list.

Additionally, the NCDB is in the process of clarifying how CoC Standards 5.2, 5.5 and 5.6 will be rated for survey year 2019, taking into account the significant challenges that have been experienced across all hospitals due to this year of change. Further information will be provided on a separate communication.

STORE Manual

In response to the valuable feedback from cancer registrars, the copy of the STandards for Oncology Registry Entry (STORE) has been updated to allow users to save the document into the computer/local drive, copy and paste from the document, highlight and add comments. There were no changes in the text other than allowing these features. For clarifications on the STORE data items, please continue to utilize the CAnswer Forum. For program-specific questions, please contact