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Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR)

Every year, thousands of Oregonians are diagnosed with cancer. The Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR) was established in August 1995, after the Oregon Legislature unanimously passed legislation making cancer a reportable disease.

OSCaR is a statewide, population-based registry that collects and analyzes information about cancer cases occurring in Oregon. The ability to identify who is diagnosed statewide is important in the development of ways to prevent and control cancer.

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Meaningful Use: Reporting to the Cancer Registry


To meet the Meaningful Use menu objective, an eligible provider is required to submit ongoing, electronic, cancer incidence data to the Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR).

Successful submissions to OSCaR:

  • are generated by certified EHR technology;
  • follow the HL7 CDA, R2 specifications.

Download our Meaningful Use onboarding guide. OSCaR MU Onboarding Checklist_update_8-2016.pdfOSCaR MU Onboarding Checklist

Using Cancer Data


Using data for cancer prevention and control is a fundamental purpose of the Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR). Information about OSCaR's research procedures and some examples of research projects are provided in the links below:

Cancer Data Inquires

The purpose of investigating a higher than expected rates of cancer is to evaluate the plausibility of an environmental, occupational, iatrogenic, or other preventable exposure associated with an increased risk of cancer. Learn more from the links below.

Revised Administrative Rules

The Oregon State Cancer Registry has completed the process for amending the administrative rules in chapter 333, division 10 related to cancer diagnosis reporting to the Cancer Registry. The amendments update the rules to reflect amendments to the Oregon Cancer Registry Statute under ORS 432.500 – 432.900, and amend the cancer reporting regulations to:

a) require submission of pathology reports by clinical laboratories for diagnoses of certain pre-cancerous conditions;

b) modify patient notification procedures; and

c) expand the provisions for special studies to include the potential procurement of pathological tissue samples in connection with public health investigations.

Read the final text of the revised administrative rules.

OSCaR Gets Gold NAACCR Gold Certificate

Cancer registries that meet the "Gold Standard" for registry certification have achieved the highest NAACCR standard for complete, accurate, and timely data. OSCaR has received gold certificates for every year except one (Silver) since 1996.