Topic/focus: Disease - Specific / Registry
Year(s): 1991 - present
Source: National Cancer Institute
Study and sample characteristics: Medical Records, administrative billing
Universe: Incidences of all types of cancer in selected catchment areas who are Medicare recipients, non-cancer Medicare recipients are also available
Variables: n/a
Access: Requires a data use agreement and formal review
Cost: Depends on request
Key web links: SEER-Medicare and SEER: Cost
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The SEER-Medicare data reflect the linkage of two large population-based sources of data that provide detailed information about Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. The data come from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program of cancer registries that collect clinical, demographic and cause of death information for persons with cancer and the Medicare claims for covered health care services from the time of a person's Medicare eligibility until death.