Cancer Registry of Greater California

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The Cancer Registry of Greater California’s mission is to capture timely, high quality data from all cancer patients diagnosed in 48 of California’s 58 counties, and to utilize this information for cancer research to improve health outcomes and reduce cancer morbidity and mortality.

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  • 170k+ cancer cases are tracked by the California Cancer Registry each year
  • 55% of reported cancer cases are specific to 5 cancer types: breast, prostate, lung, colon, and melanoma of the skin
  • >50% of new cancer cases occur in women


Completed Projects

Research on Prostate Cancer in African American Men: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Immunity and Access to Care: the “RESPOND” Study

The goal of this project is to survey prostate cancer patients resident in central California through the CRGC and to collect saliva and tumor blocks as part of a multi-state collaborative study. Lead PI: Anshu Shrestha

SEER Adolescents and Young Adults Patterns of Care and Feasibility Study

The goal of the Adolescent and Young Adults Health Experience of Care Study was to develop and test the feasibility of a study examining the quality of care and related outcomes among adolescents and young adults in the first 14 months following their cancer diagnosis. Patients were identified and surveyed through the CRGC.

A Study of Primary and Secondary Behavior Practiced among 5-Year Colorectal Cancer Survivors.

The purpose of this study was to survey 5-year colorectal cancer survivors, identified through the CRGC, about current health habits, such as exercise, nutrition, adherence with recommended medical follow-up; psychosocial influences on health practices, including barriers to practicing healthy behaviors, social support, perceived risk of recurrence; and demographic characteristics.

SEER-Linked Virtual Repository

The goal of this study is to utilize the Cancer Registry of Greater California to serve as a resource for biospecimen research, by locating patients with biospecimens in pathology laboratories, retrieving those biospecimens and annotating them with information from the registry.

Environmental Risk Factors for Lung Cancer among Latina Women

The goal of this pilot project is to evaluate environmental exposures among likely-nonsmoking female Hispanic lung cancer patients identified through the CRGC.

Validation of PROMIS in Diverse Cancer Populations

This study contacted cancer survivors identified through the CRGC and surveyed them about quality of life and quality of cancer care. The study evaluated the usefulness of PROMIS item banks in diverse cancer patient populations and in clinical settings.

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