On July 12-14, 2017, the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Data Management System (SEER*DMS) 2017 Face-to-Face Meeting took place in Rockville, MD, at the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Shady Grove campus. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss enhancements to SEER*DMS and updates to SEER Program initiatives. SEER*DMS is a centrally designed data management system that allows registries to submit cancer data to the SEER Program. Developed in 2000 and first deployed in 2005, SEER*DMS also provides support for all core cancer registry functions, including importing, editing, linking, and consolidating data and producing reports. Since 2011, the SEER Program has taken steps to invest in and implement enhancements to SEER*DMS. In 2015, health informatics experts conducted a review of SEER*DMS and provided several recommendations for enhancement.
One recommendation included increasing transparency and clarity of changes and enhancements coming to SEER*DMS, and... Read more
Cancer is a major health burden, with an estimated 1,688,780 new diagnoses in 2017. Between the difficulty of receiving a cancer diagnosis and the complexity of cancer data, patients and loved ones may have difficulty interpreting cancer information. The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) “Did You Know?” video series breaks down cancer statistics in layman’s terms and includes easy-to-understand charts and graphs.
The “Did You Know?” video series was created through a partnership between NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the NCI Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL). In under 5 minutes, each “Did You Know?” video discusses a specific cancer type, such as bladder cancer, or a cancer-related topic, such as cancer survivorship. Each video presents statistics that include numbers, rates, and trends in new diagnoses, 5-year survival trends, and mortality rates and trends. The statistics are given for different racial and ethnic... Read more