CRGC News Broadcast
July 24, 2015

NCI SEER Announces New Tool


NCI SEER supports cancer registrars with a new tool: The Glossary for Registrars.


The Glossary for Registrars is an interactive web-based tool with over 5,000 terms defined for cancer registrars.  


Use the glossary to find definitions for anatomy terms, cancer-related terms, common diseases (and not-so-common diseases), physiology terms, surgical procedures, other treatment procedures, and much more.


Resources used to populate the glossary include

  • NCI Data Dictionary
  • American Brain Tumor Association
  • Cancer Registry Management Principles & Practices for Hospitals and Central Registries
  • Cancer Treatments Center of America
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 3rd edition
  • MD Anderson

        .....and many others


The glossary can be accessed directly from the SEER website or accessed by clicking on linked terms in the Hematopoietic database and SEER*Rx.


The glossary is a work in progress. New terms will be added and the tool will be updated quarterly.


If you have questions or comments about the glossary, please submit them to Ask a SEER Registrar and choose "Glossary for Registrars."  


The Glossary for Registrars is also posted to the CRGC Website under Registrar Resources/Reference Links (

If you have questions or concerns regarding any of the content of this CRGC News Broadcast please contact me .   

Mignon Dryden, CTR
Director, Education and Training 
Cancer Registry of Greater California