Cancer Care Outcomes Research & Surveillance Consortium (CanCORS)

Although many studies have documented disparities in cancer care, few have explored the reasons for these disparities. Few data are available about relationships between quality of care and outcomes among patients who would not meet criteria for enrollment in many clinical trials; these include elderly patients and patients with substantial co-morbidity. For these reasons, it is important to generate scientifically rigorous insights that can improve the care and outcomes among patients with lung cancer and colorectal cancer, the two leading causes of cancer incidence and mortality in the US.

The NCI, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)External Web Site Policy, supported a research consortium of eight grantees to measure the quality of cancer care and associated health outcomes in the United States. This project, entitled "Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium" (CanCORS), supported prospective research in a cohort of approximately 10,000 patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer or colorectal cancer recruited from geographically diverse populations and health care systems.

Seven of the CanCORS sites were supported by NCI grants funded through a cooperative agreement. The VA funded the eighth site.

This initiative concluded in July 2014.

The CanCORS Statistical Coordinating Center's Web siteExternal Web Site Policy displays information about protocols and research aims, research sites and investigators, as well as survey instruments, data set documentation, data use agreement and manuscript proposal forms, and a bibliography.

CanCORS publications are available.

CanCORS Instruments

To access the CanCORS instruments, please visit the CanCORS Web siteExternal Web Site Policy.