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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. 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. The linkage of these two data sources results in a unique population-based source of information that can be used for a wide array of research studies.

Selected References


Davila JA, Morgan RO, Shaib Y, McGlynn KA, El-Serag HB. Diabetes increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States: a population based case control study. Gut 2005 Apr;54(4):533-9.

Population Burden

Mariotto A, Warren JL, Knopf KB, Feuer EJ. The prevalence of patients with colorectal carcinoma under care in the U.S. Cancer 2003 Sep 15;98(6):1253-61.

Cost/Cost Effectiveness

Wright GE, Barlow WE, Green P, Baldwin LM, Taplin SH. Differences among the elderly in the treatment costs of colorectal cancer: how important is race? Med Care 2007 May;45(5):420-30.

Hollenbeak CS, Stack BC Jr, Daley SM, Piccirillo JF. Using comorbidity indexes to predict costs for head and neck cancer. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2007 Jan;133(1):24-7.


Reyes-Ortiz CA, Goodwin JS, Freeman JL, Kuo YF. Socioeconomic status and survival in older patients with melanoma. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 Nov;54(11):1758-64.

Hershman D, Hall MJ, Wang X, Jacobson JS, McBride R, Grann VR, Neugut AI. Timing of adjuvant chemotherapy initiation after surgery for stage III colon cancer. Cancer 2006 Dec 1;107(11):2581-8.

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12 May 2008
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