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Cancer Data Champions

Jan 18, 2024

To support our collective effort to enhance public health for cancer patients—from clinical applications to supporting research to building a more robust health system in general—the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is sponsoring a series of Cancer Data Champions webinars.

  • Do you lead efforts in your institution—and across health care—to allow for increased access to and aggregation of pathology data?
  • Would you like to better leverage pathology data in the pursuit of improved clinical care?
  • Are better patient outcomes and more robust research initiatives on your to-do list?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then there's a good chance you’re already on your way to becoming a Cancer Data Champion.

This series will examine both visionary topics for the use of data and real-world, hands-on opportunities to utilize the current data stores. Please join us as we explore the breadth and depth of pathology data that is readily available to support these initiatives.

Webinar Schedule

  • Pathology Report Data Life Cycle: How to access cancer surveillance data

    November 16, 2023
    1:00 PM CT

    Many single-institution studies and clinical trials are not representative of the underlying population, and case series are often underpowered for addressing many important research questions. Population-scale cancer surveillance data can be used to answer pathology-related research questions with findings having the potential to impact patient care. Databases include tumor characteristics and biomarkers, stage at diagnosis, case demographics, treatment information, and disease outcomes. In this webinar, speakers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present information about available data resources covering the US population and North America as well as the National Childhood Cancer Registry (NCCR). For each resource, attendees will learn about publicly available data visualization tools and how to gain access to the data for their own research.

    Alison Van Dyke, MD, PhD, FCAP
    Surveillance Research Program
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health

    Virginia Senkomago, PhD, MPH
    Cancer Surveillance Branch
    Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Johanna Goderre, MPH
    Health Data Scientist
    Surveillance Research Program
    National Cancer Institute

  • Transforming Cancer Registry Data: Unlock the potential of CAP Cancer Protocols for enhanced completeness and quality

    January 18, 2024
    2:00 PM CT

    This session will review how the use of the CAP Cancer Protocols has a significant impact on the completeness, timeliness, and quality of cancer registry data. The receipt of structured coded data will enable cancer registries to provide data in more real-time to manage patient care, guide the development of prevention programs, and provide cancer registry data to researchers and pathologists to better direct their work.

    Sandy Jones
    Public Health Advisor (Informatics)
    Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team
    National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • To Be Announced

    March 21, 2024
    2:00 PM CT

  • To Be Announced

    May 16, 2024
    2:00 PM CT

  • To Be Announced

    July 18, 2024
    2:00 PM CT

  • To Be Announced

    September 19, 2024
    2:00 PM CT

Topics will be released as they become available.

Registration Information

Even better, there is no fee for these webinars. Your registration (required) will enroll you in all six live Cancer Data Champion webinars, held from November 2023 through September 2024. Each live broadcast will also include a Question-and-Answer session with the presenter(s), and the recordings will be available on-demand.

You will receive a reminder for each upcoming session with a dedicated link to access the live broadcast.

Follow @pathologists on X using the hashtag #PathData for additional information and to find Q&A that might not be covered during the webinars due to time constraints.