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Guide to Statistics and Methods
September 2018

Practical Guide to Surgical Data Sets: National Cancer Database (NCDB)

Author Affiliations
  • 1Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Department of Surgery and Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Department of Preventative Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(9):850-851. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0492

The National Cancer Database (NCDB) is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the American Cancer Society (Box).1 The NCDB is a hospital-based clinical cancer registry established in 1989 that collects data from more than 1500 hospitals in the United States, capturing more than 70% of all newly diagnosed cancers.

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