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Cancer Registrars: Partners in Progress in the Nation’s Fight Against Cancer
Cancer Registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals and community leaders to observe National Cancer Registrars Week. This year’s theme — Partners in Progress — was chosen to acknowledge how cancer registrars are important allies in the fight against cancer. They play a pivotal role by capturing data — data used by researchers and medical professionals who are seeking to advance cancer prevention programs and treatment. We celebrate National Cancer Registrars Week to honor this important contribution.
Our Cancer Registry at the California Cancer Center is a corporate department abstracting all cancer cases seen throughout our Community Medical Centers' system (Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital.) We abstract over 3,000 cases a year and follow up on over 15,000 patients annually. We have five certified cancer registrars and an office assistant. We also coordinate cancer conferences and help with many data requests for research projects. Last year, we helped Community Medical Centers' Cancer Program achieve the American College of Surgeons three-year accreditation with seven out of eight commendations.
Cancer Registrars are data information specialists that collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide essential information to healthcare providers and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs. They manage a wide range of demographics and medical data on those with cancer and some of the benign tumors as well. The information is both submitted and utilized by state and national cancer registries, to enable cancer programs to accurately determine cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and survival, and formulate plans for improvement.
This data is included in numerous publications including the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, that uses cancer registry data to provide up to date information on cancer occurrences and trends.
To learn more about the Cancer Registry call (559) 451-3641.
Mary K. Leyser, CTR