What to Include In A Cancer Abstract

Current SEER data item requirements for a tumor abstract can be found in the SEER Program and Coding Manual, https://seer.cancer.gov/tools/codingmanuals/index.html.

Additional information may be collected based on the scope of the cancer registry and institutional, local or regional registry guidelines.

Generally, a cancer abstract includes

  • Basic Record Identification.
  • Demographic Information.
  • Description of the Neoplasm.
  • Stage of Disease at Diagnosis.
  • First Course of Therapy.
  • Follow Up Information.

Updated: December 28, 2023