Sent on behalf of Joe Rogers
Date: March 11, 2020
To: NAACCR List Serv Community
From: Joseph D. Rogers, M.S.
Team Lead: Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team
Cancer Surveillance Branch
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCCDPHP, CDC
Subject: Release of CDC NPCR's Abstract Plus Version 3.8 with NAACCR 180
We are very pleased to announce that Abstract Plus Version 3.8 with NAACCR 180 is now available! This update for Abstract Plus includes the NAACCR Version 18.0 implementation requirements, numerous bug fixes, and enhancements. While we have previously reached out specifically to the Abstract Plus Product User's Workgroup and completed a demonstration of the new software via a product workgroup conference call on February 26, 2020, we are sending this notice to the larger NAACCR List Serv Community in an effort to ensure anyone interested in obtaining the new release of Abstract Plus is aware of its availability.
Abstract Plus v3.8 with NAACCR 18.0 continues to incorporate the Dynamic Link Library (DLL) designed to support cancer registry staging for cases diagnosed in 2018 and later. The library incorporates content from AJCC's electronic content and SEER*RSA. CDC/NPCR has obtained a license to use the copyrighted contents in Registry Plus products. The license covers text in the manual including descriptions of the categories and stage groups. Use of the actual categories and stage groups themselves does not require a license. Conditions of CDC's license restricts use to NPCR central registries and the facilities and providers that use Registry Plus products to report to the central registry.
As a condition of the license, CDC has agreed to document who receives the licensed content and to inform recipients of the license restrictions. CDC will maintain a list of the central registries that receive Abstract Plus v3.8 with NAACCR 18.0, and those registries will be required to document names of all of the facilities and providers to whom they provide Abstract Plus. The central registry should also inform all of the recipients that, as a condition of use of Abstract Plus, they must not further distribute the software or allow anyone to copy any of the copyrighted contents.
The link below will help you determine if your state Central Registry is eligible for the licensed version of Registry Plus products and provides the point of contact if needed. Many states have customized builds that contain state specific data items and/or state specific edit metafiles. Please confirm you are receiving the correct build if this is the case with your State Central Registry support staff.
CDC will be creating an alternative release of Abstract Plus v3.8 that omits the copyrighted contents, for distribution to the public via the CDC website and to users that are not part of NPCR-funded registries. This release will still have the staging function and site-specific drop-down lists of codes but no descriptions or explanatory text. Users will need to refer to a printed copy of the AJCC manual for coding assistance.
CDC's ability to license TNM content of later editions will depend on careful adherence to licensing restrictions by CDC/NPCR staff and all users. We request your help keeping NPCR compliant with the licensing requirements.
For information about State specific customization, manuals, and release notes, please use the following URL: https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/NPCR-AP-UPDATES/AbstractPlus/customizations/V180-V38/Index.html
To access the release notes directly, follow this link: https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/NPCR-AP-UPDATES/AbstractPlus/customizations/V180-V38/Abstract_Plus_V38_ReleaseNote.html
ALL issues or support questions should be sent directly to the Helpdesk at email@example.com.
Please share this information with other members of your team, as appropriate.
Joseph D. Rogers (Joe), MS
Team Lead: Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team (IDSAT)
Cancer Surveillance Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chamblee Campus
4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop S107-4, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
CHAM Bldg 107 Rm 4128
Office: 770-488-4701 | Mobile: 404-932-4428 | Email: JRogers@cdc.gov
Visit our website at: National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR): http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/