Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
designated cancer center

Methodologic Studies

The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program is a population-based cancer database overseen by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). With patient data from nine counties throughout the greater Bay Area region, including San Francisco, San Jose and Monterey, this registry has been widely used to understand cancer incidence, mortality, treatment and survival patterns in various population subgroups.

CEP researchers conduct ongoing methodologic studies to monitor the quality and consistency of data in the SEER registries, which are obtained from medical records and submitted to CPIC from a number of different sources. Special areas of interest include data on race, ethnicity, nativity and socioeconomic status, which are critical to addressing health disparities in underserved population subgroups. These methodologic studies provide information that can help hospitals and other medical facilities improve the consistent reporting of patient data.

Investigators are also working to enhance the utility of SEER by linking its datasets to those of Medicare and other databases.

Program Researchers

Christina Clarke, PhD

Sally Glaser, PhD

Scarlett Gomez, PhD

Cynthia O’Malley, PhD

Dee West, PhD


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