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NAACCR Town Hall Webinars

Town Hall Webinars are free webinars on topics of concern to the NAACCR membership. Recordings of the live webinars have been posted to this page and may be downloaded for no charge. Each webinar has been posted as both a .wrf and .arf file. Both the .wrf and .arf formats are proprietary to WebEx and require the user to download the appropriate player prior to downloading the file. Both may be downloaded at http://www.webex.com/play-webex-recording.html.

The .wrf version of the webinar includes captioning for the hearing impaired. However, the audio quality is not as crisp as the .arf version. If you do not require captioning, the .arf version is recommended.

Meeting Information

March 5, 2014 Surveillance Webinars Session 1- Measuring the Burden of Cancer

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) is pleased to announce a new series of webinars that will focus on methodological issues in cancer surveillance. The first installment in the NAACCR Surveillance Webinars, “Measuring the Burden of Cancer” was held on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. It was conducted by Chuck Wiggins, Ph.D., Director and Principal Investigator for the New Mexico Tumor Registry.

Dr. Wiggins began by reviewing the concepts of incidence, prevalence, and mortality. He then provided a brief overview of statistical measures that are commonly used in cancer surveillance, including simple case counts, proportions, rates, and survival. Dr. Wiggins discussed in some detail the rationale and methods for calculating age-adjusted rates. This session is aimed at members of the cancer surveillance community who like to learn about basic methods that are used to summarize and report cancer registry data.

A recording of the webinar is available at:

February 21, 2014 - NAACCR Journal Club Session 1- Investigating Suspected Cancer Clusters and Responding to Community Concerns

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) is pleased to announce a new series of webinars presented as part of the NAACCR Journal Club. The first meeting of the Journal club was a presentation led by Dr. Lauren Lewis, M.D., M.P.H., from the Health Studies Branch at the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. Dr. Lewis led the project team (including Dr. Christie Eheman, Cancer Surveillance Branch) that updated the guidelines from CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists for Investigating Suspected Cancer Clusters and Responding to Community Concerns.

The guidelines are available at:

The live discussion occurred Friday February 21, 2014. A recording of the webinar is available at:

Reshaping NAACCR Committees

Over the past year, NAACCR’s Board and staff along with numerous volunteers have focused on reviewing existing committee/work group structures. A new committee model has been developed - one that aligns with the NAACCR Strategic Management Plan , provides greater flexibility to address future emerging issues and is focused on using your volunteer time effectively. This is an opportunity to learn about our new Steering Committees, Priority Area Networks and how you as a member can stay involved as a volunteer.

CONCORD-2 Data Extraction Webinar - March 14, 2013

This webinar describes the process for creating a CONCORD-2 Study file. Chris Johnson from the Cancer Data Registry of Idaho explains the data extraction program that reads a NAACCR file and outputs a CONCORD-2 file. Ron Dewar from the Nova Scotia Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit discussed issues related to preparing data from the Canadian cancer registries.

The following SAS program has been developed to create a CONCORD-2 file. The program will generate 10 data files for cancer cases diagnosed in your catchment area with one each of 10 index cancers between 1995 through 2009 according to IACR multiple primary rules.

Collaborative Stage Data Collection System Vendor Webinar 2 - May 23, 2012

This was the 2nd of two webinars to provide vendors, software developers, and registry managers.  The main objective was to provide information related to and example of successful implementation of Collaborative Stage. This webinar provided two demonstrations of implementations related to Collaborative Stage and a demonstration of the NAACCR Website for anonymous vendor feedback.

  • The SEER*Abs system in relation to Collaborative Stage
  • The SEER API and Collaborative Stage
  • The NAACCR Website for Vendor/User Feedback on CSv2

The recording and slides from this webinar are posted below.

Collaborative Stage Data Collection System Vendor Webinar 1 - April 11, 2012

This 90-minute webinar focused on:

  • Practical, easy enhancements that can make vendors’ CSv2 implementation software more user-friendly by leveraging existing CS functions.
  • Demonstrations of CDC and NCI software products that illustrate effective implementations of CSv2 data collection systems.
  • Demonstrations of CDC and NCI software products that illustrate effective implementations of CSv2 data collection systems.

The recording and Q&A from this webinar are posted below.

An Introduction to Collaborative Stage Version 02.04 for Software Developers and IT Staff

The Collaborative Stage Workgroup presented a webinar on Thursday, November 17 for CS vendors, software developers, and registry managers. The focus of the webinar was on the upcoming release of CS version 02.04, and highlighted the changes incorporated into this new release.

October 27, 2011 - Shortest Path Tool

Using this tool, NAACCR members can easily compute shortest travel time or distance between two locations, for instance, residence at diagnosis and treatment center. The resultant data enable researchers to evaluate the impact of travel time or distance on cancer outcomes, such as stage at diagnosis, treatment received, or survival.

During this audio/video enabled WebEx conference, members of the NAACCR GIS Committee will present how the system works to the broader NAACCR community. Presenters at this meeting will include Recinda Sherman – GIS Committee Chair (Florida Cancer Data Systems); Frank Boscoe, Kevin Henry, and Chris Johnson – the authors of two research papers already published using the Shortest Path Tool (New York Cancer Registry, University of Utah, and Cancer Data Registry of Idaho, respectively); and, Daniel Goldberg – developer of the shortest path tool (University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute and Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program). Recinda will provide an overall context for the tool, Chris, Frank and Kevin will describe how the tool can be used in research studies, and Dan will provide a hands-on demonstration of how the tool operates. The Town Hall is appropriate for all members of the NAACCR community and particularly for researchers, analysts, and managers interested in studies addressing the influence of distance on cancer diagnosis, progression, and survival.

June 9, 2011 - Hospital Discharge Data

The NAACCR Discharge Data Work Group, the National Program of Cancer Registries-Advancing E-cancer Reporting and Registry Operations (NPCR-AERRO) and the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) have been working together on a hospital discharge data project. Hospital discharge data, all-payer claims data and cancer registry data have typically been used as separate resources for understanding cancer prevalence, incidence, resource use, quality of care and cost. There are opportunities to link these sources to further address important questions for cancer researchers, epidemiologists, health services researchers, policy makers, and program managers.

The purpose of this project was two-fold. First, a gap analysis was conducted to address data elements that could be standardized, added or improved between these data types. Second, an examination of the types of questions that could be answered, using combined databases, was developed. Recommendations on the GAP analysis are found in the NAACCR-UB-GAP document (this document will be provided prior to the town hall meeting); this document addresses a prioritized list of questions. In addition, for those questions given high priority, we provide the key data elements necessary to answer the question. This paper was produced by NAHDO. State agency, federal staff, and work group members provided NAHDO with input on the gaps, priorities, and limitations of the data sources.

The NAACCR Town Hall gave NAHDO staff the opportunity to present their documents to the NAACCR membership. The meeting fostered an exchange of ideas and allowed members to ask questions of the NAHDO experts.

May 26, 2011 - Death Clearance in Canada

January 12, 2010 - 2011 Board of Directors Nomination and Election

The NAACCR Nominating Committee and the NAACCR Board of Directors presented a webinar describing the NAACCR Board of Directors nomination and election process. This webinar was free for the members of NAACCR to attend.

November 17, 2010 - CSv2 Vendors Webinar - v02.03

CSv2 Team Members presented a free webinar for cancer registry software vendors, central registry managers and IT staff on Wednesday November 17, 2010. The main focus of this webinar was the release of CSv2 version 02.03.00 and the schema updates resulting from the validation project.

October 25, 2010 - Collection and Use of Industry and Occupation (I&O) Data

Occupational workplace exposures are recognized as an important cancer risk factor. Cancer registry data may be a source for occupational cancer surveillance. In an effort to improve the completeness, quality and consistency of these data, NAACCR and CDC NIOSH created the webinar, “Collection and Use of Industry and Occupation (I & O) Data”.

June 29, 2010 - Linking Cancer Registry Data with the National Death Index (NDI): Information and Steps for Successful Linkage - Part I

June 17, 2010 - CONCORD-2 Study, Worldwide Surveillance of Cancer Control

May 21, 2010 - National Data Exchange Webinar

April 30, 2009

March 10, 2010 - Death Clearance Manual

NAACCR presented a webinar to the NAACCR membership on the Death Clearance Manual. The webinar live webinar was held Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:00 pm ET. A copy of the recording, slides from the webinar and the Q&A are available using the link below.

Call for Data 2008 Help Line Summary

Research Program Update & Discussion by Dr. Holly L. Howe

Presentations of Committee Activities: Institutional Review Board (IRB), Scientific Editorial Board (SEB), and Cancer Registration Steering Committee (CRSC) by Drs. Holly L. Howe, Myles Cockburn, and Elizabeth Ward

Presentations of Committee Activities: Program and GIS by Drs. John J. Graff and Frank P. Boscoe

Presentation of Committee Activities: Information & Technology (IT) and Uniform Data Standards (UDS) Committees by Mr. Ken Gerlach and Mr. Andrew Stewart

Presentation of Committee Activities: Education and Registry Operations Committees by Ms. Mignon Dryden, Ms. Susan Bolick-Aldrich, and Dr. Susan T. Gershman

Registry Operations and Data Tools by Dr. Holly L. Howe

Presentation of Committee Activities: Bylaws, Communication, and Nominating Committees by Ms. Maureen MacIntyre, Mr. Dan Curran, and Dr. Vivien W. Chen

Presentation of Committee Activities: DUR and DEC Committees by Drs. Maria J. Schymura and Thomas C. Tucker

Call for Data 2007 Help Line Summary

VA Hospitals Reporting: Issues and Resolution Efforts by Drs Holly Howe, Dee West, Bill Wright, Dennis Deapen, Liz Ward and Ms. Reda Wilson

NAACCR Research Program: Growth and Directions by Dr. Holly Howe

Presentation of the Research Study: Spatio-Temporal Estimation of Cancer Incidence by Dr. Linda Pickle

Report to the Membership on the Financial Status of NAACCR by Betsy Kohler

Presentation of the Research Study: The Breast Cancer Sister Study by Dr. Dale Sandler

Activities of the NAACCR Data Use and Research Committee for the NAACCR Research Program by Drs Maria Schymura and Holly Howe

Presentation of the Seventh Day Adventist Study by Drs Gary Fraser and Susan Preston-Martin

Presentation on Development of the NAACCR Research Program by Drs. Dennis Deapen and Holly Howe

Presentation on NAACCR Member Access of the NAACCR Research Data Files by Drs. John Fulton, Dennis Deapen, and Holly Howe

Interoperability Webinars

For resources and recordings associated with NAACCR Interoperability Webinars, see the Interoperability Resources page.