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PHO Grand Rounds: The Ontario Cancer Registry moves to the 21st century
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Chronic Diseases and Injuries
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

The Ontario Cancer Registry (OCR) is the provincial database of information for all Ontario residents who have been diagnosed with cancer (“incidence”) or who have died of cancer (“mortality”). OCR data are collected from hospitals, regional cancer centres, pathology reports, and death certificates and covers the entire province of Ontario.

A short history of the OCR will be presented, followed by the introduction of the new cancer registry database.  Comparisons will be made between the historic and the new registry’s cancer rules that change counts and types of cancer. The new registry will bring the OCR in line with current Canadian and U.S. standards for tracking cancer incidence.

Stage at diagnosis data at a population level are now available from the Ontario Cancer Registry for selected sites. How this stage is captured and maintained will be explained, as will its availability. Data from the new registry and the accompanying stage at diagnosis will be available starting November 2014. Practical implications of these changes will be discussed.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Diane Nishri and Mary Jane King

Diane Nishri received her master of science degree in Biostatistics from the University of Guelph. After a brief tenure at Toronto Public Health, she became a biostatistician/staff scientist at Cancer Care Ontario, where she has now worked for 26 years. During this time, she has been involved in many projects using the Ontario Cancer Registry data, with survival analyses and data quality investigations being particular favourites.
Mary Jane King received her master of public health degree from the University of Massachusetts, and is a Certified Tumor Registrar and Medical Practice Manager.  She has managed general practitioner practices in the US and in the UK. She trained for cancer registration in a hospital setting in Connecticut and worked in two US state cancer registries before becoming the manager of the Ontario Cancer Registry in 2006.

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