Special Projects We Are Working On

NAACCR FastStats

NAACCR Fast Stats is an interactive tool for quick access to key NAACCR and US cancer statistics for major cancer sites by age, sex, race/ethnicity, registry and population standard. This application was developed by NAACCR and our partners. Statistics are presented as graphs and tables stratified by Cancer Site, Race / Ethnicity / Sex / Standard Population / Race / Sex, Age at Diagnosis / Registry.

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Our Projects


NAACCR Geocoder

NAACCR Geocoder


NAACCR, with its own geocoder, can spatially enable cancer data. Dr. Daniel Goldberg first developed the geocoder and now has a team of students at Texas A&M University working on the project alongside him. Recinda Sherman, the Director of Registry, provides feedback about the geocoder from a user perspective. The idea for the geocoder came to light when NAACCR realized there was a need to provide data more efficiently to the registries. The project went online in June of 2012. It meets the needs of the NAACCR community in several ways. One, it is transparent with which files it uses for underlying street files. Two, it has the ability to access the best underlying street files on the market from NAVTEQ and parcel data for the US. Three, it includes necessary NAACCR codes in the output and last but not least, it provides the service for free to cancer researchers.

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NAACCR Geocoder

Interstate Data Exchange Program

Interstate Data Exchange Program


Suppose a cancer patient was treated in a state different from the one that he or she resides in. Are states allowed to transfer or exchange this medical information? Yes! As long as the interstate data exchange agreement was signed by those two states. This is a legal document that allows cancer data to be exchanged among states. The document exists to facilitate this process and to keep legal issues confined to one agreement, rather than 50 separate ones. The goal and hope of this program is to get all 50 registries to sign the agreement. Once this happens, there will be efficiency and completeness in reporting cancer data.

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Interstate Data Exchange Program

NAACCR Education and Training Initiatives

NAACCR Education and Training Initiatives


NAACCR strives to ensure that its staff and members stay knowledgable about cancer surveillance and other related topics. The NAACCR Webinar Series was started in 2006 as a way to increase participants’ understanding of data collection in cancer surveillance. Jim Hofferkamp and Shannon Vann are responsible for presenting information via a webinar series once a month on a topic related to data collection. Once in a while, guest speakers are invited to talk about a particular area of interest.

NAACCR also holds CTR (Certified Tumor Registrar) prep workshops, which prepare the participants to successfully take the CTR exam. Passing this exam indicates one has the knowledge and skills to collect high quality cancer data. These workshops were started because there seemed to be a need for preparatioin materials. Training is spread over 8 weeks, once a week for 2 hours. CTR prep started off as an in-person training in 2005, but in 2007 it was adjusted to allow webinar training. The short term and long term impacts of these education and training initiatives are essentially the same thing. It is to improve the quality of collected cancer data.

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NAACCR Education and Training Initiatives