Cherokee Nation Cancer Registry


In 1997, with the support and funding of the National Cancer Institute, the Cherokee Nation developed an infrastructure for collecting cancer data, and recruited the necessary staff to support this development. The target population for this registry includes all American Indians residing in the fourteen-county CNTJSA in the state of Oklahoma who are self reported American Indians. 
The ultimate goal of this registry is the establishment of a population-based cancer registry for the Cherokee Nation that will meet the standards of the National Cancer Institutes (NCI’s) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program in case finding, patient follow-up, data processing, data reporting and quality assurance.
Memorandums of Agreements
A previously initiated and currently updated contract (Memorandum of Agreement) with the Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry (OCRA) enabled both registries to collaborate and share needed data.The registry staff has initiated Memorandums of Agreement with other hospitals in the state of Oklahoma, and is currently looking to establish agreements with hospitals surrounding the state of Oklahoma as well; as many patients travel outside of Oklahoma for cancer care. Other agreements with Tribal organizations are currently being initiated.

Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.