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Thursday, October 9, 2003

Mike Miller
NCI Press Office
(301) 496-6641

Note to Reporters and Editors
National Cancer Institute Celebrates 30th Anniversary of SEER Program

What:The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER), an authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. The SEER Program collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data from population-based cancer registries and supplemental registries that cover approximately 26 percent of the U.S. population. The SEER Program is the only comprehensive source of population-based information in the United States that includes stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis and survival rates within each stage.

The anniversary program includes presentations by leading scientists who will discuss the latest evidence concerning cancer trends and the critical role of the SEER Program in health care research, policy, and practice.

When:Thursday, Oct.16, 2003, from Noon - 5:15 p.m.
Where:Bethesda Marriott Hotel
5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814
Noon–1 p.m.Registration
1 p.m.–1:15 p.m.Welcome: Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D., director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), NCI
1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.Greetings: Representing Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., director, NCI:
Alan Rabson, M.D., deputy director, NCI
David P. Winchester, M.D., medical director, Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons; executive director, American Joint Committee on Cancer
Michael J. Thun, M.D., vice president of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society
Robert Smith, Ph.D., director of Cancer Screening, American Cancer Society
Phyllis A. Wingo, Ph.D., chief, Cancer Surveillance Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.1) Health Services and Outcomes Research:
Martin L. Brown, Ph.D., chief, Health Services and Economics Branch, Applied Research Program, DCCPS, NCI
 2) Using the SEER-Medicare Resource to Conduct Population-Based Studies of Patterns of Care and Quality of Care: Colin B. Begg, Ph.D., professor of Biostatistics and Public Health, Cornell University Medical School
 3) Health Services Research in the SEER Program: A Crucial Resource for Improving the End Results of People with Cancer: John Z. Ayanian, M.D., associate professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.Break/Refreshments:
Group Photographs
4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.The Patient Perspective:
Ms. Ellen L. Stovall, executive director, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.SEER: A Principal Investigator’s Perspective:
Dee W. West, Ph.D., executive director, Northern California Cancer Center Chair; National Coordinating Council for Cancer Surveillance; SEER Principal Investigator
5 p.m.–5:30 p.m.Concluding Remarks:
Brenda K. Edwards Ph.D., associate director, Surveillance Research Program, DCCPS, NCI

For more information about the SEER program, please go to http://seer.cancer.gov/. For more information about cancer, visit the NCI Web site at http://www.cancer.gov or call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

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