Sent on behalf of Joe Rogers
Date: June 17, 2021
To: NAACCR List Serv Members
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: Update Release of CDC NPCR's NorthCon 21 Record Converter to Group Tumors by Patient if Converting Files for Call for Data
We are very pleased to announce that CDC's NPCR has released a new version of the NorthCon record converter program. NorthCon21.exe, a freestanding program for Microsoft Windows, converts files of cancer registry records from NAACCR 18 to NAACCR 21, which are data formats prescribed by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). Input files should conform to NAACCR version 18 fixed width files. Converted output files will contain records in the NAACCR version 21 XML standard format. This new version is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/tools/registryplus/up.htm.
The only change in this version of NorthCon 210 is to provide an option to group tumors by patient when there are multiple tumors per patient. If NorthCon 210 is used to convert call for data files from NAACCR v18 fixed width files to NAACCR 210 XML files, this newly released version of NorthCon must be used. No changes have been made to conversion specifications and no issues have been reported for data conversion.
Once you install NorthCon210, a file called Conversion to NAACCR v21.docx, will be saved to the Northcon application folder. This document provides information regarding the user dictionary, accessing manual review, grouping tumors when there are multiple tumors per patient, and information to describe the conversion specifications.
Northcon21.exe performs the following conversions as specified in NAACCR's Implementation Guide for 2021, available from the NAACCR web site:
For more information about this NPCR utility, please visit our utility programs web page: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/tools/registryplus/up.htm
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Joseph D. Rogers (Joe), MS
Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team
National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Email: JRogers@cdc.gov Tel: 770-488-4701
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