The Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR) continues to strive for compatibility with the coding and abstracting practices of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program of Cancer Registries (CDC/NPCR), the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), and the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Compatibility with these groups assures consistent coding and allows Massachusetts hospitals and the MCR to compare data with other states and the nation as a whole.
The Massachusetts Cancer Registry Cancer Information Management System (MCR-CIMS) has been revised to accommodate the changes in this manual. Vendors of software reporting programs have also been informed of these changes.
The codes in this edition are to be used for cases diagnosed as of January 1, 1998. Pre-1998 cases that have already been abstracted should not be re-coded. A copy of the second edition of this manual should be retained in each hospital registry for reference.
Sections I - VI (PDF) file size 6MB
Appendix D (PDF) file size 1MB
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Cancer Registry within the Department of Public Health.