Research Activities

SEER currently supports research activities in a variety of areas:

  • Patterns of Care/Quality of Care Studies
    Research to evaluate the dissemination of cancer therapy into community practice; disseminate findings in scientific journals and professional meetings; and work to develop educational or training opportunities to improve the use of state-of-the-art cancer therapy in community practice.
  • Residual Tissue Repository Program
    This program was initiated to preserve pathology specimens associated with cancer cases in SEER registries that would otherwise be discarded, and to use these specimens to test hypotheses relevant to the population-based sample.
  • SEER-Medicare Linked Database
    The SEER-Medicare data reflect the linkage of two large population-based sources of data that provide detailed information about elderly persons with cancer, which can be used for an array of epidemiological and health services research.

As part of the 30th Anniversary in 2003, SEER published the Historical Landmark StudiesIcon indicating linked file is archived content. describing SEER's many scientific contributions to epidemiologic research through a number of studies in surveillance, epidemiology, and end results.