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National Cancer Database

National Cancer Database

The nationally recognized National Cancer Database (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 more than 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases nationwide and more than 34 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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CoC Standard 6.4 Update

The Commission on Cancer has become aware of a cyber incident with one of our hospital registry software vendors. Due to the inability of the affected programs to submit data to the Rapid Cancer Reporting System for April and May 2021 to meet compliance with CoC Standard 6.4, the CoC will give all accredited programs a "pass" for submission for these two months.

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NCDB Tools 2021

The NCDB has released their NCDB Tools 2021 brochure. These tools are for use by CoC-accredited programs as a means by which to evaluate and compare the cancer care delivered to patients diagnosed and/or treated at their facility with that provided at the state, regional, and national levels.

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Call for Data

The NCDB 2021 Call for Data for all CoC-accredited cancer programs will open June 1, 2021. Please review this communication for important information regarding the new reporting system, key dates in the submission process, and requirements for submission.

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Webinar Series

The Better Data; Better Quality; Better Outcomes webinar series focused on the new NCDB reporting platform and data collection processes in addition to improvements to data elements and codes in the StANDARDS For Oncology Reporting Entry (STORE) Manual, along with changes to the AJCC cancer staging system.

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