Westat to Provide Data Quality, Geospatial, and Statistical Support for NCI's Cancer Control and Population-Based Research

2016-12-01

Westat will support quality control/quality improvement studies that help the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Surveillance Research Program (SRP) improve cancer coding practices across Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Regions.

Other work in the quality control/quality improvement area focuses on

  • Population and maintenance of the Solid Tumor Database
  • Preparation of new information for the query response system for tumor registrars
  • Annual update of the SEER Coding and Staging Manual
  • Additional cancer surveillance initiatives

NCI’s SRP provides national leadership in cancer surveillance, as well as analytical and methodological expertise in collecting, interpreting, and disseminating reliable cancer statistics. SRP is the home of the SEER Program, a system of population-based cancer registries that collect data on diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.

Westat will also continue to provide SRP with technical capabilities in data quality control, automated data extraction, data linkage, geospatial data systems, statistical modeling, data dissemination, and other support.

With regard to SRP’s geospatial activities, Westat will continue to support the Registry Geospatial Program, consisting of studies and webinars. Westat will also provide expertise for an ongoing residential history project, help develop geospatial tools for cancer surveillance, and assist in developing and presenting education sessions and webinars for the cancer surveillance community.